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Country music icon Cash dies

Nashville (Tennessee), Sept. 12 (Reuters): Johnny Cash, country music’s “Man in Black,” died today, silencing a dark and brooding voice that for nearly 50 years sang plaintive tales of coal miners and sharecroppers, convicts and cowboys. He was 71.

His death, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, cast a late summer pall over Tennessee’s Music City where he was easily the industry’s most iconic performer.

Known as the “Man in Black” because he always wore black clothing, Cash was credited with being the inspiration for a generation of Nashville talent.

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