Blues legend Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70


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Blues legend Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 17, 2014

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70.

The legendary guitarist was found dead in his Switzerland hotel room. He was on tour at the time of his death. According to USA Today, his last performance was on Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

His death has been confirmed by his publicist, according to the Huffington Post/Associated Press.

Winter began playing the clarinet at the age of 4 and the ukulele at age 11. He would often appear on children's television shows and compete in talent contests.

According to Contact Music, Winter began his professional career as a teenager and landed a record deal at the age of 15 with his band Johnny & The Jammers.

He later released his first solo album titled "The Progressive Blues Experiment" in 1968. His second album "Johnny Winter" was released in 1969 and he performed at the famous Woodstock music festival that year.

He became a music producer in the 1970s for Muddy Waters. Three of the albums they worked on together won Grammy Awards. He also received several Grammy nominations for his own albums.

Winter was also inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine also named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all times.

A new album titled "Step Back" is set to be released Sept. 14. It features such stars as Eric Clapton, ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

A cause of death has not been released.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to