Texas Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, considered one of the best of the guitar players of his era, has died while on tour in Switzerland.

Johnny Winter in an undated file photo.

GENEVA (July 17, 2014) Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died while on tour in Switzerland.

Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Zurich, his representative, Carla Parisi, said.

He was 70.

No information was released about the cause of his death.

A statement says his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.

Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

Winter was known for his lightning-fast guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters.

Winter was born in Mississippi but was reared in Beaumont.

He was the old brother of Edgar Winter, who rose to musical fame with the Edgar Winter Group.


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