Rod Powell, 64, a Vail, CO musical legend who has entertained après crowds since the late 1980s, died Saturday from complications from coronavirus. He is the first Eagle County victim of COVID-19, according to Eagle County Public Health and Environment.
“Rod Powell was a legend in Vail and brought joy to so many over his tenure as Vail’s No. 1 entertainer,” Shannon Tanner, his longtime friend, and fellow musician, said.
Powell played for many years on Pepi’s deck and at other après bars in Vail. When he failed to attend church on Sunday 15th, his friends knew something must be wrong.
Powell, who also suffered from COPD and diabetes, went to his doctor Monday, March 9 who then sent him to the hospital. Two days later he has transferred from Vail Health Hospital to Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, where he was placed on a ventilator. He died Saturday morning after a two-week battle, reports Vail Daily.
“The news of this loss in our community serves as a solemn reminder that COVID-19 can pose greater risks to some members of our community, in particular older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions. We must all take steps to protect our families, ourselves, our friends, and our community,” said Heath Harmon, director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment.