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Ralph Stanley Has Died: Bluegrass Legend Dead of Skin Cancer at 89

Legendary bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley died Thursday night at the age of 89. According to a message posted to Facebook by his grandson, Stanley succumbed to skin cancer after a long battle. The Bluegrass Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member has a legacy that stretches back to the 1940s, but his musical contributions to the Coen Brother's 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? introduced him to a new generation of fans. Known affectionately as "Doctor Ralph" after receiving an honorary Doctorate of Music from Lincoln Memorial University in 1976, Stanley was born in Dickenson County, Virginia, on Feb. 25, 1927. According to music lore,

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