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Date Posted:Tuesday, March 28, 12:58:56pm
Arthur Blythe, one of the most daring and acclaimed jazz saxophonists of the 1970s and 1980s, died Monday at the age of 76. No cause of death has been given, but the Los Angeles native — who grew up in San Diego — had been fighting Parkinson’s disease since 2005 and several benefit concerts had been held on his behalf.
Blythe’s passing was announced on his Facebook page. The Monday post reads: “Early this morning the great Arthur Blythe passed. As many of you know he was a gentle soul and a musical genius. He had been fighting Parkinson's disease for several years. His spirit will live on in his unique music, which he humbly gave to our universe.”