American musician and songwriter Leon Russell has died at the age of 74.
The artist, who is best known for the songs "Shine a Light" and "A Song for You", died in Nashville on Sunday.
“His wife said that he passed away in his sleep,” a statement posted on Russell’s website read.
Russell's colourful career saw him lead Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour, perform with George Harrison and Friends and tour with everyone from Sir Elton John to Willie Nelson, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter and The New Grass Revival.
He then dipped into relative obscurity for a period before coming back with a vengeance after he recorded The Union alongside Sir Elton - who saw Russell as a longtime hero. This collaboration boosted his popularity until his last days, with him going on to release a solo album and tour the world.
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