Victor Magnussen: Born May 2 1953, Canada. Died March 16, 2013, USA.
A concert will be held in Kraków in memory of the singer and songwriter Victor Magnussen, who died while on holiday in America.
The concert will be held at Cafe Szafe, on April 20, at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
Canadian Victor had been heading for Brazil on the trip of a lifetime, and had stopped off in California. He had a heart attack while ski-ing at the Squaw Valley resort, Lake Tahoe. Friends in Kraków remember him as an open, warm and honest man, who was never without his dog Bernie.
News of Victor’s death was posted on his Facebook page, with a message that reads: “On behalf of immediate Family members, with their wishes, this is to let you know that Victor’s trip on the way to Rio de Janiero, Brasil has been tragically cut short while enjoying a beautiful day of skiing in Squaw Valley resort, Lake Tahoe, California. Victor Magnussen has passed on. In Loving memory to talented musician, teacher, adventurer in heart, my long dear friend and former neighbor, I would like express my sincere condolences to all friends and family members for their loss.”
Victor’s own final message was posted on March 15. It says: “I am sitting at the McDonalds in Redding California, getting ready to head to Squaw Valley to meet a friend. I tired as hell. Drove most of the night, except for about 3 hours at a rest stop outside Medford Oregon. Roads are good, its sunny and temps. are cool but not cold. Last night I played a few songs at the Sellwood Pub in Porland and was originally going to sleep there but then got a bee in my butt and decided to drive till I felt too tired. # o’clock rolled around before that happened. Talk later.”
Victor died on March 16, 2013. He leaves behind a wife, Marilla, his dog, Bernie, and many relatives and friends. His remains were cremated on the eve of spring, as dusk fell on March 20, 2013.
Bernie is being cared for by a friend in Kraków.
Friends and colleagues have left messages of condolence on Victor’s Facebook page. Anyone who knew him is invited to join them.