Jerry Blavat ‘with family and loved ones’ amid rumors of DJ's death, age 82

Bruno Cooke January 20, 2023
Jerry Blavat ‘with family and loved ones’ amid rumors of DJ's death, age  82
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The family of American DJ and performer Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Blavat, aka “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce,” have posted on Facebook via his page to acknowledge rumors of his death, and assure fans that, while he is in ill health, he is currently still very much alive.

“We are aware of the rumors surrounding Jerry’s death,” the post begins.

Blavat himself posted on his Geator Gigs website on or before January 10, 2023 with a message for his fans. In it, he explained why he had to “postpone or miss” a few of his scheduled performances.

“See you soon,” he bade its readers. Many will be hoping for a swift recovery from this particular spate of ill health.

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Family of Jerry Blavat put death rumors to bed, but remind fans of DJ’s ill health

A recent post on the Jerry Blavat, the Geator with the Heater Facebook page, presumably composed by Jerry’s family, has acknowledged what it says are “rumors surrounding Jerry’s death.”

“They are untrue,” the post reads, unequivocally.

He is with his family and closest friends and loved ones, it continues. Blavat has been “struggling with health issues” over the last few months, it acknowledges, which is likely part of the reason such rumors have begun to circulate.

Blavat had to cancel and postpone some of his upcoming shows, including one at the Kimmel Center that was supposed to take place on January 28, which, combined with updates about his ill health, may have led some to believe Jerry, age 82, had passed away. He hasn’t.

What is the nature of Jerry Blavat’s ill health? Is he sick?

According to the update he posted to his website on January 10, 2023, the reason Jerry Blavat had to miss and/or postpone some of his performance was due to health issues relating to his “torn shoulders.”

After getting “all kinds of evaluations,” he wrote, it became apparent that it is a “nerve and muscular issue.”

The condition is “not life threatening,” he added, which will likely have assuaged the fears of some fans. But others may have missed the update. He has been in receipt of “the most modern therapies available” for it.

However, because of the treatments, his doctors advised him to “cut down” on his schedule. Just “for the time being.”

Where can you still hear him in the meantime?

The statement on his Geator Gigs website says that DJ David Virgilio would be covering his Wednesday and Thursday appearances at the Oar House Pub in Sea isle City. And that he would be resuming his dance parties at Live! Casino in Philadelphia “in the near future.”

Jerry Blavat’s concert at the Kimmel Center will not take place on January 28, 2023. Its webpage on his Geator Gigs site says, however: “We are working to reschedule, and we will announce the new date as soon as it’s confirmed.”

Meanwhile, he suggested fans still hear “the best of both shows” by tuning in to the Geator Gold Radio Network. Check the calendar for up to date information on specific shows.

“I look forward to being back back with you shortly,” he wrote then. “Thank you for your understanding and for the loyalty and respect that you’ve shown me throughout the years, and thank you for the love and support you have been sending my way.”

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How have people responded to Jerry Blavat’s family’s communication regarding his health and death rumors?

With overwhelming support. In less than two hours, the post embedded above has received almost 800 comments and 1.4K reactions, the vast majority of which are Love or Care emojis.

Numerous listeners have thanked Jerry’s family for posting the update. Many want to let him know that he is “loved and appreciated.”

“He has brought so many hours of love and pleasure to so many of us,” writes one Top Fan. Others send prayers for his health; one says they spent their “entire teen and young adult years” listening to Blavat.

“Jerry,” reads one final comment, “you have made so, so many people happy with your infectious personality and enormous talent. An icon who has changed music for generations. God is with you.”

[EDIT January 23, 2023: Reports have now emerged that Blavat has, in fact, died. May he rest in peace.]

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.