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Doc Watson, a legendary blind Grammy award-winning folk artist, died at age 89 on May 29, according to The Associated Press.
Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, following abdominal surgery. Watson fell at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains and had been in critical condition for several days after the surgery.
Watson, whose birth name was Arthel Watson, was known for his lightning-fast style of flatpicking, which influenced guitarists around the world.
(Pictured: In this March 15, 2000 file photo, master flatpicker Doc Watson talks about his long and successful musical career at his home in Deep Gap, N.C.)
(AP Photo / Karen Tam, File)