Don Van Vliet, who became a rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died Dec 17, 2010 in California from complications of multiple sclerosis. He is perhaps best known as the incomparable Captain Beefheart who, together with his Magic Band, rose to prominence in the 1960s with a totally unique style of blues-inspired, experimental rock & roll. This would ultimately secure Van Vliet's place in music history as one of the most original recording artists of his time. After two decades in the spotlight as an avant-garde composer and performer, Van Vliet retired from performing to devote himself wholeheartedly to painting and drawing. Van Vliet leaves behind a wife, Jan. The two were married for more than 40 years.
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