Beatles Composer John Tavener Dies At Age 69

Sir John Tavener, a British composer signed to the Beatles' Apple label, has died at the age of 69. Tavener was in ill health since the 70s and died at his home in Dorset.

He suffered a stroke in 1979 and in 1999 was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a hereditary condition which can cause heart defects. A heart attack in 2007 left him in intensive care for six months.

Tavener was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1992 and 1997. He was knighted in 2000, won a Grammy in 2002, and in 1997 his "Song For Athene" was played during Princess Diana's funeral.

BBC News quotes a Clarence House spokesman as saying: "The Prince of Wales was saddened to hear of the death of John Tavener."

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