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Spanish Flamenco Guitar Legend Dies

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FILE - Spanish guitar player Paco de Lucia perform on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 35th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, who blended the flamenco sound of his native land with jazz and other genres that attracted a new generation of fans, has died at the age of 66 of an apparent heart attack.

A government official in de Lucia's hometown of Algeciras, Spain says the musician died Tuesday after he fell ill on a beach while with his family in Cancun, Mexico. Algeciras will observe several days of official mourning in is memory.

De Lucia began his career as a teenager in the 1960s when he formed a popular duo with the late flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla, a pairing that launched the New Flamenco movement. He later joined forces with American jazz guitarists John McLaughlin and Al di Meola, producing the best-selling 1981 album "Friday Night in San Francisco."

De Lucia was awarded his country's prestigious Asturius Prize for the Arts in 2004.

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