CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The man who co-wrote the iconic Canadian anthem “Oh What a Feeling” has suffered a stroke and isn’t expected to recover.
Crowbar founder, Kelly Jay Fordham is in Foothills Hospital following a severe stroke according to Facebook and a GoFundMe campaign started by his family.
On Sunday, his son Hank Fordham wrote the family is “so thankful and happy for the outpouring of sympathies and respect.”
On the GoFundMe page, his daughter Bella Fordham wrote that he was taken to the Foothills Medical Centre last Sunday.
“Kelly Jay has suffered from a severe stroke affecting the left side of his brain that he will not recover from. Our family is devastated, this is such a tragic loss for so many.
Kelly Jay was so much more than a beloved musician, but a friend, a love and a brother to soo many. On behalf of the family, we are so sorry to everyone, as we were all together waiting anxiously in hope for news of a better outcome.”
Kelly Jay was a keyboardist in the Hamilton-based band Crowbar. He settled in Calgary in the mid-1970s after the band broke up. “Oh What a Feeling” hit number 10 on the Canadian charts.
In 2011, he was inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The song experienced a resurgence back in 2009 when it was the official theme song for the Grey Cup in Calgary.