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Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs plays his banjo Aug. 9, 1982. Scruggs’ son Gary said his father passed away Wednesday at a Nashville, Tenn. hospital of natural causes. He was 88.

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Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs dies at age 88

Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe in the 1940s and later with guitarist Lester Flatt, has died. He was 88. Scruggs’ son Gary said his father died of natural causes Wednesday morning at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

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