Blues legend Johnny Winter found dead in Swiss hotel

July 17, 2014 2:22 PM

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American blues rock star Johnny Winter, known for his slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead on Wednesday in a hotel room outside Zurich, Swiss police said. He was 70.

The Texas-born guitarist, vocalist and band leader began performing in his teens, and broke into national fame in 1968, when Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him the hottest musician outside Janis Joplin.

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