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Nina Simone Dies

Nina Simone, a singer who felt at home in the genres of jazz, blues, soul, pop and gospel, among others, died yesterday at her home in southern France. She was 70. Yahoo!/Launch reported that she had suffered a stroke, but other sources have not given a specific cause of death.

Born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, N.C. in 1933, Simone was the sixth of seven children in a poor family. She was a musical prodigy and had learned to play piano by age four. Through the help of her music teacher, who set up the Eunice Waymon Fund while the gifted child was still young, Simone was later able to attend the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

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