Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

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US guitarist Johnny Winter performs performs on stage on July 19, 2008 during the XII Jazz Festival in Valencia's Palau de la Musica. AFP PHOTO/ DIEGO TUSON (Photo credit should read DIEGO TUSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

   GENEVA (AP) -- Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and `70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.
 
   His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.
 
   He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe for his last performance Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

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