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Fred Ho, Musician, Composer and Activist, Dies at 56

Fused African-American and Asian music with radical politics

Fred Ho

Fred Ho, a baritone saxophonist, composer and activist whose radical leftist views informed much of his music, died April 12 at his Brooklyn home. The cause was colorectal cancer. He was 56.

Ho had first been diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and chronicled his progress in battling his cancer in his books Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level and Raw Extreme Manifesto: Change Your Body, Change Your Mind and Change the World by Spending Almost Nothing, and in a blog. A film, Jazz, Cancer, and Life: Fred Ho’s Last Year, also delved into Ho’s life as the cancer spread.

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