Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72
April 22nd, 2013
09:23 PM ET

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.

Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.

"While his family greatly appreciates that Richie's many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time," a statement from his publicist, Carrie Lombardi, said.

After Havens, a Brooklyn, New York, native, gained attention at Woodstock, he recorded a soulful-voiced cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which rose on the pop charts in 1970.

Havens returned to Woodstock for the 40th anniversary festival in 2009.

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  1. Nancy

    Fantastic musician & poet RIP Richie Havens never to be forgotten❤

    April 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri

    Sad to see him gone, but he left a great legacy. Got the opportunity to see him once. Great show.

    April 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |