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Popular pianist Van Cliburn passes away - See Pictures of the legend


Los Angeles: Classical pianist Van Cliburn, who rose to fame at a 1958 Moscow competition, died Wednesday after a battle with bone cancer. He was 78.

Van Cliburn died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, surrounded by loved ones, his publicist and close friend Mary Lou Falcone. Musician Cliburn attained fame at the age of 23 by winning the first edition of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, held in 1958, just six months after the Soviet Union shocked Washington by launching the first artificial satellite, Sputnik.

Van Cliburn later performed in numerous concerts all over the country and was even featured on the cover of Time magazine, which proclaimed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia". Cliburn performed for every US president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

Click on the slider below to view some amazing and rare pictures of Van Cliburn and know more about the legend.

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