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Folk trailblazer Pete Seeger dies at 94

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Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 23:01

Pete Seeger

The Associated Press

Pete Seeger, the man who was a leading trailblazer of folk music and songwriting, died Monday at the age of 94.

Seeger’s grandson Kitama Cahill Jackson told CNN that the singer died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Jackson added Seeger had heart surgery in December but did not contribute to the singer’s death.

“He couldn’t speak for three days,” Jackson told CNN. “But his mind never went away and he continued to recognize people.”

Kitama told CNN Seeger was in the hospital for six days before his death.

Seeger flourished as a singer-songwriter for more than 70 years. Best known for his singles “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” and “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song,)” Seeger situated himself in a  political controversy that fueled his songwriting career. 

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