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The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Monday at the age of 94 . Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days."He was chopping wood 10 days ago," Cahill-Jackson recalled.With his time-worn banjo and white beard, Seeger was an iconic figure in folk music who outlived his peers. With The Weavers, a quartet organized in 1948, Seeger helped set the stage for a national folk revival.Seeger's musical career was always braided tightly with political activism. No longer a party member by the 1990s – but still styling himself "a small-c communist" – Seeger was heaped with national honors.Pete Seeger said he fell in love with folk music when he was 16, at a music festival in North Carolina in 1935 .
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