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Blues Legend Johnny Winters Found Dead on Tour
By Greg Gilman
TheWrap

Johnny Winter, a legendary blues guitarist, was found dead in his hotel in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday. He was 70.

"His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists," a brief statement on his Facebook read. "An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."

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According a police spokeswoman Reuters spoke to, a prosecutor has ordered an autopsy because the cause of death is not clear, but there was no indication of third-party involvement. Evidence suggests his death was medically related.

Winter, ranked by Rolling Stone as the 63rd greatest guitarist of all time, was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944 and rose to fame after the 1969 release of his debut self-titled album.

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The albino musician produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for his blues idol, Muddy Waters, in the '70s, while releasing his own successes, including "Still Alive and Well," "Saints & Sinners" and "John Dawson Winter III."

His latest album, "Step Back," is set to be released on Sept. 2. Eric Clapton, Ben Harper and Joe Perry of Aerosmith are among the famed musicians who collaborated with Winter for it.

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Winter's last performance was at the Cahors Blues Festival in France on Monday.

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