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Captain Beefheart Dies At 69

December 18th, 2010 9:02am EST
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American rocker and painter Captain Beefheart has died at the age of 69.

The star passed away on Friday, according to a representative for the Michael Werner Gallery in New York. His exact cause of death was unknown, although he had long been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Born Don Van Vliet, the singer rose to fame in the 1960s with his own style of blues and rock, later influencing artists such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He recorded under the moniker Captain Beefheart with his pals in the Magic Band until 1982, before gradually moving away from the music ind...

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