American folk musician Richie Havens, who was the first performer at the Woodstock music festival, has died.
His family said Havens died of a heart attack in New Jersey Monday. He was 72.
Havens opened the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival with the song “Freedom,” and performed for three hours. The concert was the turning point of his career.
He also performed at Bill Clinton’s presidential Inauguration in 1993.
Havens released his debut album “Mixed Bag” in 1967 and went on to release more than 25 albums. Havens’ last album was 2008’s “Nobody Left to Crown.”
His Web site said he had kidney surgery in 2010 and that he never recovered enough to perform concerts the way he used to.