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Friday, December 17, 2010

Don Van Vliet R.I.P.

Don Van Vliet, the man known around the world as Captain Beefheart, died Friday (December 17), He was 69.

The cause of Van Vliet's death was not immediately known, though several outlets were reporting it was due to complications from multiple sclerosis, which he had battled since the 1990s.

Van Vliet was an accomplished avant-garde musician and visual artist, who along with a constantly rotating crew of fellow oddballs — his handpicked "Magic Band" — bent the rules, melded genres and thoroughly weirded out much of mainstream America for nearly four decades.'

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