Pete Seeger Dead: Country Folk Singer Dies at 94

Celebrity News Jan. 28, 2014 AT 8:50AM
Pete Seeger performing in 2012 Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger died Jan. 27 at the age of 94. Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Gone, but not forgotten. Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger died Monday, Jan. 27 at the age of 94.

Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, told CNN that he died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The musician underwent heart surgery in December, but the procedure was not related to his death.

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"He was a second father to me, he was a friend, he was a best friend," Jackson said. "He was just this wonderful, genuine person."

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Seeger's career in music spanned more than 70 years. He is best known for his classic, generation-defining songs like "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song.)" The political activist also popularized "We Shall Overcome" and "This Land Is Your Land."

"He lived at a time when so many things hadn't been done yet, the idea of making music about something hadn't really been done," Jackson said of his grandfather. "And now people do it all the time." 

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Seeger received many awards and recognitions throughout his career including three Grammy Awards and a George Peabody Medal. The Storm King, a collection of Seeger's stories and poems, earned a nomination at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album.

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