Guitar Great Jansch Dead At 67

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October 5, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Legendary folk musician Bert Jansch has died at the age of 67 following a long battle against cancer.
The Scottish star, who was once dubbed the British Bob Dylan, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He underwent heart surgery in 2005 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, but his health deteriorated earlier this year and he was forced to axe a planned concert in London in August after he was hospitalized.

Jansch, a founder member of folk-rock band Pentangle, was considered a pioneering guitarist and influenced stars including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Blur rocker Graham Coxon.

During his career, he was twice honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Folk Awards.

Further details of his death were unavailable as WENN went to press.

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