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Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition “Bluesette” became a jazz standard, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 94. 

Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said that "there were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out."

Van de Poel could not be reached immediately for confirmation.

Thielemans was hospitalized last month after a fall, and reportedly died in his sleep.

Considered the jazz world’s only true harmonica master, Thielemans was also acknowledged for his fine guitar playing and his unusual...

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