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Grammy-winning songwriter JJ Cale has died at 74

Grammy-winning musician and songwriter JJ Cale, perhaps best known for writing Eric Clapton’s hits “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” died Friday at age 74 after suffering a heart attack.

Cale was well-respected by musicians. Clapton told Vanity Fair magazine that Cale was the living person he most admired, and singer Neil Young said, “Of all the players I ever heard, it’s gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players.”

“We’ve lost a great artist and a great person tonight,” a statement on his Facebook page read. The page said there are no immediate plans for a memorial service, but urged fans to consider a donation to their local animal shelter.

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