This list of famous musicians who have died in 2014 is a complete list of singers, songwriters, and performers who have gone to the great gig in the sky in 2014. This is a list of the celebrity musicians who have passed so far this year, a round-up of all is continuously updated as musicians die and includes all the musicians who have ODed, the singers who died in accidents and the performers that died of natural causes in 2014. The world is a little duller without these talented musicians to bring us their songs.
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12/22/2014: Known for his gritty, iconic voice, legendary British rock and soul singer Joe Cocker had a record-breaking career that spanned over 40 years. He passed away in late December at the age of 70, after a battle with lung cancer.
Perhaps best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," Cocker's hits like "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong" won him multiple awards, including a Grammy and an Oscar. Agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker was "hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him."
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Keyboardist for the rock bands Small Faces and Faces, Ian McLagan, died of a stroke in Austin, Texas. The English musician, who also collaborated with The Rolling Stones, was 69 years old.
Source: Paste Magazine
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12/2/2014: Longtime Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys passed away after a battle with cirrhosis. He was 70 years old.
Before his death, Keys spent 40 years with The Rolling Stones, and also recorded with the likes of John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, Carly Simon, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Source: Rolling Stone
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11/17/14: Legendary Motown balladeer Jimmy Ruffin died at the age of 78 in a Vegas hospital. His most famous hit, 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," is just one of the beloved and deeply soulful songs he released throughout his long career.
Ruffin's children, Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., confirmed his passing, saying, "He will truly be missed. We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him."
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