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Richie Havens, the man who opened Woodstock, dies (video, photos)

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Richie Havens performs at the "Woodstock 40th Anniversary" Blu-Ray release party at Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square June 4, 2009 in New York City.
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Musician Richie Havens, who performed first at the Woodstock music festival, poses in front of a Hippies "Magic Bus" replica at "The Story of the Sixties and Woodstock" at the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a gallery built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival in Bethel, New York.
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Michael Wadleigh and Richie Havens attend the "Woodstock 40th Anniversary" Blu-Ray release party at Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square June 4, 2009 in New York City.
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Musicians Richie Havens, who opened the Woodstock music festival, walks the ground where the 1969 Woodstock music festival took place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.
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Richie Havens is seen during a concert for folk music legend Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009 marking his 90th birthday.
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Recording artist Richie Havens attends the Clearwater Benefit Concert celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009 in New York City.
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Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died at 72.

His family says in a statement that Havens died Monday of a heart attack.

Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

The performer was born in Brooklyn. He was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs.

Havens said in a 2009 interview with The Associated Press about Woodstock: “Everything in my life, and so many others’, is attached to that train.”

A public memorial will be planned for a later date.