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Paul Horn, Grammy-winning Jazz flautist, dies at 84

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Image caption Paul Horn played with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra and studied transcendental meditation with The Beatles

Paul Horn, the Grammy Award-winning jazz flautist who was nicknamed the "Father of New Age Music", has died at the age of 84 after a brief illness.

Horn performed the flute, clarinet and saxophone with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Miles Davis.

His son Marlen said he "passed away very peacefully" in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, adding he was not in pain and did not suffer.

He had made 50 albums over five decades and was nominated for five Grammys.

He earned his New Age nickname thanks to albums such as Inside the Taj Mahal and Inside the Great Pyramid, which he made after studying transcendental meditation alongside the Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

He also played on tours and recording sessions with Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Chico Hamilton.

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Image caption Paul Horn performing with Donovan in 2009
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Image caption Paul Horn with Paul McCartney, film director David Lynch and Ringo Starr

In 1966 he won two Grammys for his album Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts, for best original jazz composition and photographic cover album.

Horn is survived by his wife Ann Mortifee, his sons Robin and Marlen, stepson Devon, and four grandchildren.

A statement on his website said: "The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from people around the world who admired Horn as a musician and respected him as a man of great integrity and deep philosophical principles."

"A private memorial-celebration of life is being planned."

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