COPD Foundation Remembers Legendary Singer, Phil Everly's 76th Birthday Anniversary

January 19, 2015

All the men in matching blue sweatpants, gag gifts, an LAPD helicopter flying overhead, and Johnny Crawford’s Big Band performing live, were just a few of the highlights of legendary singer, Phil Everly’s surprise 60th birthday party in 1999. On Jan 19th, 2015, Phil Everly, who lost his life to COPD, would have turned 76.

"He was just so happy,” recalls Patti Everly, his wife." He turned to everyone and said," Now, I have to marry her,” and we got married a couple of months later.”

Phil passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. at the age of 74 due to complications from COPD. 

As a tribute to him, Phil’s family would like to raise funds for the COPD Foundation to help raise awareness and find a cure for COPD. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 24 million Americans, but there is very little research funding for this preventable disease. The COPD Foundation works to advance knowledge about COPD and find a cure, and provides many free services to the COPD community. For more information or to donate, please visit the Phil Everly Memorial Fund.