President Barack Obama presenting a 2010 National Medal of Arts to pianist Van Cliburn. The internationally celebrated pianist died early this morning.

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Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78.

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