Legendary Southern rock icon Leon Russell is dead.
The 74-year-old hit maker and musicians’ musician died on Sunday morning in his sleep at his Tennessee home. The singer and songwriter who achieved rare fame as a session musician by playing with artists from The Rolling Stones to Elton John and pursuing his own eclectic career, suffered a heart attack in July 2016 and underwent bypass surgery, forcing him off the road to recuperate.
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Born in Oklahoma, Russell emerged in the '70s as one of rock'n'roll's most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a studio pianist in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
May his soul rest in perfect peace!