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Leon Russell, member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, dies at 74

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(CNN)- Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock 'n' roll star in the 1970s after working behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.

Russell died in his sleep, his wife said in a statement posted on his website. Honey Bridges, his daughter, told CNN he was recovering from a quadruple bypass when his health took a turn for the worse.

Russell was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 because of his decades of work as a pianist, guitarist and songwriter.

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