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Johnny Winter dead at age 70

UPI News Service, 07/17/2014 

Blues legend Johnny Winter has died.

His representatives confirmed the guitarist, 70, died in a Zurich hotel room on Wednesday.

Winter's last performance was on Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria.

The popular musician was known for his work with Muddy Waters and Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

"Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland," reads a post on his Facebook page. "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists."

Winter, a native of Beaumont, Texas, is the older brother of musician Edgar Winter.

Guitar great Johnny Winter had passed at the age of 70. We worked with him thru the 80s & 90s, he'll be missed #RIP" D'Addario (@DaddarioandCo) July 17, 2014

RIP Johnny Winter @johnnywinter his first band (15 years old) Johnny & The Jammers - School Day Blues: via @YouTube" Eddie Manion (@eddiemanion) July 17, 2014

RIP - legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter" Gibson Guitar UK (@GibsonGuitarUK) July 17, 2014

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