American classical pianist Van Cliburn dies at age 78

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Pianist Van Cliburn speaks before presentation of Liberty Medal at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia(Reuters) – American pianist Van Cliburn, who awed Russian audiences with his exquisite Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff concertos and won fame and fortune back home, died on Wednesday at the age of 78. Cliburn passed away at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, after suffering from advanced bone cancer, his publicist Mary Lou Falcone told Reuters. Cliburn announced in August 2012 that he had been diagnosed with the disease. …

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