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Ravi Shankar, 92; sitar virtuoso inspired the Beatles

NEW DELHI — Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie music icon of the ’60s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a 10-decade career, died Tuesday.

The musician’s website said he died in San Diego, near his home. His foundation said he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week.

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