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Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2016

Leon Russell with Willie Nelson. They recorded "One for the Road" together in 1979. (Photo by Jim Marshall)

Leon Russell

Band: solo artist

Position: singer/songwriter/keyboardist

Died: Nov. 13, 2016

Cause of death: undisclosed

Age: 74

Distinction: Had Top 20 hits with "Tight Rope" (No. 11, 1972) and "Lady Blue (No. 14, 1975). George Benson's cover of Russell's "This Masquerade" was a No. 10 hit in 1976. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.