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Bo Diddley, 79; singer-songwriter's beat marked rock 'n' roll
Bo Diddley, 79; singer-songwriter's beat marked rock 'n' roll

Primal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79. Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter, who often referred to himself as "the Originator" to emphasize his contribution to rock music, had long battled hypertension and diabetes, among other health problems, and was hospitalized for 11 days after suffering a stroke onstage in Iowa in May 2007. In August, he had complained of dizziness and...

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