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Eugene Fodor dies at 60; violin virtuoso
Eugene Fodor dies at 60; violin virtuoso

Eugene Fodor, a swashbuckling violin virtuoso who was a media darling of classical music in the 1970s but whose substance abuse fractured a fairytale career, has died. He was 60. Fodor died of liver disease Feb. 26 at his home in Arlington, Va., said his wife, Susan Davis. He had struggled with addictions to alcohol, cocaine and heroin, she said. At 24, Fodor became the first American to win top honors on violin at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974. He shared the silver medal with two Russians; no gold was given that year. Upon returning home, the Colorado native was greeted at the Denver airport by his parents, girlfriend — and horse. The media dubbed him "the...