Ten Years After singer/guitarist Alvin Lee has died at the age of 68, according to a message posted by his family to his official website.
"With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure," his homepage reads. "We have lost a wonderful much-loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician. Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne."
Lee began playing guitar at the age of 13 and formed the Jaybirds two years later and by 1966 they became Ten Years After. With bassist Leo Lyons, keyboardist Chick Churchill and drummer Ric Lee, the band made a name for themselves in the blues community, leading to them getting signed in 1967.
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