MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ed Ackerson was a central figure in the Minneapolis music scene for decades. Just over a year ago, the singer was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Jim Boquist, left, and Ed Ackerson (credit: Flikr)

Jim Boquist, left, and Ed Ackerson (credit: Flikr)

He died Friday, an update on his GoFundMe page said.

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“Ed loved life and lived it to the fullest,” his partner Ashley Ackerson said. “He made art until the day he died and I think it’s some of his best work yet. He never stopped learning, dreaming, loving, exploring, finding new music and inspiration.”

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Ashley said Ed’s new album is set to be released soon.