A large part of the local music community is mourning the loss of one of its most respected singers, songwriters and advocates.
Abigail Hope Henderson, 35, died Tuesday at her home in Kansas City. She had been fighting cancer since 2008. She was known in the local music community as a lead singer with a siren voice who has performed with several local bands for more than a decade, including Trouble Junction, the Gaslights and Atlantic Fadeout. She was also known as a staunch activist in the fight to make health care affordable to local musicians.
In the spring of 2008, Henderson was diagnosed with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. Though she had a catastrophic health insurance policy, the cost of her treatments prompted her and her husband and bandmate, Christopher Meck, to start the Midwest Music Foundation, which raises funds to help local musicians pay health-care costs and raises awareness of the local music scene.