Death of Richie Havens

January 21, 1941 - April 22, 2013
New Jersey | Age 72

Woodstock singer dies of heart attack at 72
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MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, died Monday. He was 72.

Havens died of a heart attack in New Jersey, his family said in a statement. He was born in Brooklyn.

Havens was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs, including his well-received cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman."

His performance at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival,...

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