Woodstock performer Richie Havens dies of heart attack at 72

Woodstock performer Richie Havens dies of heart attack at 72

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Richie Havens performs during a concert for folk music legend Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009 marking his 90th birthday. Proceeds from the show will go to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization founded by the singer 40 years ago to preserve and protect the Hudson River. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

NEW YORK - Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died at 72.

His family says in a statement that Havens died Monday of a heart attack.

Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

The performer was born in Brooklyn. He was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs.

Havens said in a 2009 interview with The Associated Press about Woodstock: "Everything in my life, and so many others', is attached to that train."

A public memorial will be planned for a later date.

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