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Ravi Shankar, Indian Musician and Beatles Mentor, Dies at 92

Ravi Shankar | Photo Credits: Shaun Curry/Getty Images

Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar, the father of Grammy winner Norah Jones and the man George Harrison called “the godfather of world music,” has died. He was 92.

“It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today, December 11th, 2012,” his family said in a statement on his website. “His health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially given him a new lease of life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away.”


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