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Blues singer David 'Honeyboy' Edwards dies, aged 96

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David Edwards has died at the age of 96 in his Chicago home.

The blues musician, who was also known as Honeyboy, was credited as one of the last pre-war jazz singers.

His career began in 1942 and he was friends with iconic blues singer Robert Johnson, right up until his death in 1938 from drinking poisoned whiskey.

Edwards was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement' award at the 2010 Grammys and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame back in 1996.

The singer's manager announced Edwards's retirement from music last month. However, he passed away in his home from congestive heart failure on August 29.

Watch David 'Honeyboy' Edwards perform 'Sweet Home Chicago' live in 2009 below:


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