Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies at 70 in Zurich

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GENEVA - Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died while on tour in Switzerland.

His representative, Carla Parisi, says Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Zurich. There's no word yet on a cause of death. The statement says his wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.

Winter was known for his lightning-fast guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters.

Winter was born in Mississippi but raised in Beaumont, Texas. He was the old brother of Edgar Winter, who rose to musical fame with the Edgar Winter Group.

Rolling Stone magazine named Johnny Winter one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

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