Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn passes at age 78 in Ft Worth

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Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career, has died. He was 78, said the AP.

Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home following a battle with bone cancer, said his longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone.

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