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Folk Icon, Richie Havens Dies at the Age of 72

Richie HavensThe that once performed at Woodstock for over 2 hours with just a guitar in hand has passed . kBeloved folk icon Richie Havens this in his home from a sudden attack. He was 72.

Havens became part of musical during his impromptu opening at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Best for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded for over 40 years before retiring from the road 3 years ago. Beyond his , those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence.

While his family greatly appreciates that Richie’s many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time.

A public memorial will be planned for a later .

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