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Alvin Lee, rock guitarist for the band Ten Years After, died this morning due to complications with a routine surgery.
Lee’s family announced on his website that the 68-year-old Nottingham-born artist died unexpectedly.
According to BBC News, Lee became famous after performing at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 with bands like Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
Ten Years After has been in the Top 40 in the UK for eight albums. In 1971, the rock band found major success with their song “I’d Love to Change the World.”
On his website, the announcement from his family stated, “We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”
According to BBC, Lee has also worked with George Harrison and Mick Fleetwood. Lee first started playing the guitar at age 13 and co-founded Ten Years After when he was barely 15.