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This obituary first appeared at Billboard.com. Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers, has died. He was 74. According to the Los Angeles Times, the singer passed away Friday in Burbank of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the paper confirmed through Everly's wife. Patti. His wife told the Times that the disease was contracted through a lifetime of smoking and that the family was "absolutely heartbroken." She noted that the vocalist "fought long and hard." Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 Along with older brother Don, Phil Everly took

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