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Doc Watson, pioneering artist of roots-conscious Americana, dies in North Carolina hospital, according to representatives. Bob Dylan once compared the precise acoustic guitar picking of Doc Watson to "water running." Sadly, the water runs no more today. The seven-time Grammy winner, blind since infancy, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to his representatives at Folklore Productions, a management company in Santa Monica, California. Doc had undergone colon surgery Thursday. Remembered for his mountain-rooted sound and uniquely fast style of flatpicking, the National Medal of Arts recipient is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rosa Lee, his daughter, Nancy Ellen, two grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a brother, David. Our thoughts are with his family tonight. Written by Billy Nilles More Sad Deaths Of Music Legends: Chuck Brown Dead -- ‘Godfather of Go-Go’ Dies At 75 Robin Gibb Dead -- Tragedy! Bee Gees Singer Dies At 62 Levon Helm »
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Doc Watson, the blind guitarist and folk musician famous for his finger-picking techniques and Americana style, died on Tuesday afternoon, May 29. He was 89.
Watson had fallen ill in recent weeks, undergoing colon surgery on Thursday, May 24 after a fall in his home the previous Monday. He died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., says a rep for the musician.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 66 years, his daughter Nancy Ellen, two grandchildren, multiple great-grandchildren and his brother David, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"Watson's immense talent and spirit will be deeply missed, and our sincerest sympathies go out to his family, friends and all who were inspired by his music," Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, says in a statement.
Asked how he would like to be remembered after death, Watson said in 2002, "Just as a good old, down-to-earth boy that »
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