Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian musician. At the age of eight months, he was stricken with retinoblastoma, a rare ocular cancer. He underwent surgery to [[EyeScream remove both eyes]], which [[CaptainObvious rendered him blind for life]]. Jeff took up guitar [[ChildProdigy at age 3]], developing a unique playing technique in which he lay the instrument flat across his lap, with his left hand palm-down over the fretboard, resulting in a characteristic richness and fluidity that would become his signature style. As a teenager, he began establishing a name for himself by playing coffeehouses and bars around Toronto.
In 1989, after a chance discovery by Stevie Ray Vaughan, the [[FaceOfTheBand Jeff Healey Band]] signed with Creator/AristaRecords and launched their debut album, spawning the John Hiatt-written single [[SignatureSong "Angel Eyes,"]] which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Healey also appeared in the SoBadItsGood Creator/PatrickSwayze movie ''Film/RoadHouse'', as a [[TypeCasting blind white guy who plays a mean blues guitar]]. The band went on to release several more blues albums. They toured extensively and developed a loyal following.
Later on, Jeff got married and started a family, as well as releasing a few jazz albums with his side project, the Jazz Wizards. Sadly, he succumbed to a recurrence of the cancer in 2008.
!!Tropes associated with him include:
* HappilyAdopted - He never knew his natural parents, but the couple who adopted him were supportive and encouraging.