Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia plays a guitar during a rehearsal of closing concert of the Biennial of Flamenco in the Andalusian capital of Seville in this October 9, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo/Files
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Paco de Lucia, the master guitarist who helped promote flamenco to a global audience, has died in Mexico of a heart attack aged 66, officials in his Andalusian hometown said Wednesday.Born of humble origins in the southern Spanish region on December 21, 1947, Paco de Lucia rose into a musical giant who blended jazz, pop and classical influences with the folk tradition of flamenco.From the age of just 12 de Lucia was playing and earning at flamenco "tablaos" in usually intimate, smoky venues.
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