Farmington native, "America" singer dies

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) - A Heartland native and singer in the group "America" passed away Sunday at his home in rural Farmington, according to St. Francois County Coroner James Coplin.

Dan Peek was 60 years old.

Coplin says preliminary autopsy results indicate Peek died as a result of Fibrinous Pericarditis, which is an exudative inflammation of the pericardium, the membrane surrounding the heart.

Visitation will be Sunday at Cozeans Funeral Home in Farmington, Missouri.  Visitation will resume from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday with the funeral at 10 a.m. at Farmington Presbyterian Church.

Peek co-founded the group "America" in the late 1960's. He and his band received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1972.  Peek also received a Grammy nomination in 1979 for his first Contemporary Christian Album "All Things are Possible."  He also wrote a book titled "An American Band, the America Story by Dan Peek."

Watch a performance by Peek at his website

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