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American troubadour, folk singer and activist Pete Seeger dead at 94

American troubadour folk singer activist Pete Seeger. | AP file photo

American troubadour, folk singer and activist Pete Seeger. | AP file photo

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Updated: January 30, 2014 9:29AM



NEW YORK — American troubadour, folk music singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at a hospital in New York. He was 94.

Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, says Seeger died Monday night after being hospitalized for six days.

Seeger gained fame as a member of The Weavers, the quartet formed in 1948 and had hits such as “Goodnight Irene.”

He continued performing and recording for six decades afterward and was still an activist as recently as October 2011 when he marched in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

He was onstage in January 2009 for a gala Washington concert two days before Barack Obama was inaugurated.

But in the 1950s, his leftist politics got him blacklisted and he was kept off commercial television for more than a decade.



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