Denis "Piggy" D'Amour (September 24, 1959 - August 26, 2005) was the guitarist for the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod from its inception in 1982 until his death from colon cancer in 2005, aged 45. His approach to music was anarchic and experimental rather than strict theoretical. He was trained in classical violin as a child. Influenced by progressive rock artists such as King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Rush he created his own guitar style.
D'Amour slipped into a coma in the palliative care unit of a Montreal hospital on August 25, 2005, surrounded in his final hours by family and friends. Less than 24 hours later, the guitarist died at approximately 11:45pm.
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