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Pictured: Alvin Lee in an undated photo from his official website. - Provided courtesy of Alvin Lee / alvinlee.com/

Alvin Lee, rock guitarist, dies at age 68

03/07/2013

Alvin Lee, a British rock guitarist, has passed away.

The legendary rocker, who was a member of the band Ten Years After, has died at age 68, according to his official website.

"With great sadness, we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure," his family announced on his official website.

The artist quickly rose to fame after his electric performance at Woodstock in 1969, where he delivered an epic 11-minute guitar solo. It was immortalized in the 1970 documentary about the festival.

"We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion," the statement continues. "The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."

The performer is known for his work in the English blues-rock band Ten Years After, which he founded and performed with in the 1960s and 70s. The group is best known for their hit songs "I'm Going Home," "Hear Me Calling," "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Love Like a Man."

Following his departure from the group in 1975, Lee released a number of solo albums and collaborated with the likes of George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.

In August 2012, he released his latest solo CD, "Still On the Road to Freedom." According to his website, the album "takes the listener on an musical journey to the past and present and back again, enthralling with his talent and music and proving without a doubt that he can do it his way...and still deliver the goods.."

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