David Malachowski, a Schenectady native who started playing guitar at the age of 8 and has progressed from regional bands to music director for country superstar Shania Twain in the mid-1990s and touring worldwide musician in pit bands for Broadway musicals such as “Rent” and “Mamma Mia,” died Thursday.
He was 67 years old. The news was announced on Instagram by his daughter Lindsay, who wrote that she held his hand as he died. Lindsay Malachowski said Friday he died of heart failure related to cancer treatment he underwent as a teenager. He died at the hospice in New York City where he had moved in 2013.