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Folk pioneer Richie Havens dies of heart attack
Folk-pop icon Richie Havens, who burst on to the national music scene at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died Monday morning at his home from a heart attack. He was 72.
Best known for his distinctive covers of hits by the Beatles and Bob Dylan, Havens turned into an overnight sensation after his impromptu opening performance at Woodstock. He toured and recorded for more than 40 years before he retired three years ago. His last official studio release was “Nobody Left to Crown” (2008) on Verve Forecast.
A statement issued by his publicist confirmed his death and noted: “Beyond his music, those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence.”
Funeral and memorial details are not yet known.