Famed classical pianist Van Cliburn dies in Texas at age 78

Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:19pm IST

File picture of pianist Van Cliburn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer/Files

File picture of pianist Van Cliburn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer/Files

(Reuters) - American pianist Van Cliburn, who burst onto the world stage at the height of the Cold War, awing Russian audiences with his exquisite Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff concertos and winning fame and fortune back home, died on Wednesday. He was 78.

Cliburn died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, after suffering from bone cancer, his publicist Mary Lou Falcone told Reuters. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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