Kevin Pate, Phoenix Music Veteran, Dead at 54

On Monday night, Kevin Pate -- a valued member of the Phoenix music community -- was fighting for his life in a hospital in Yuma, where he was serving a four-year jail sentence for DUI and violating parole. Misinformation was spreading across online social networks that he'd passed on, but ever the fighter, his heart kept beating for days, and this week his sister, Karen Pate, flew in from Oregon to be by his side, updating his status throughout the week. Today, she reported that Pate, 54, had passed on due to cirrhosis of the liver, while they listened to "Bach's most beautiful cantata, 'Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake).'"

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