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Ray Charles Dies At 73
Friday, June 11 2004

Ray Charles died June 10, 2004 at his Beverly Hills home from complications relating to liver disease. He was 73.

The R&B legend was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death, according to a spokesperson for the artist.

"The death of Ray Charles is an incredible loss for the world of music. He inspired so many people and his music will live forever," said Elton John.

Charles, who made his last public appearance April 30, when his recording studio was designated a historic landmark by the city of Los Angeles, had been sidelined from performing by a hip ailment since August 2003.

Concord Records has scheduled an album of duets with such talents as Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor for release on August 31, 2004.

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