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Death of Leonard Bernstein

KNX News eulogizes Leonard Bernstein, a towering presence in American music, who died of a heart attack caused by lung failure on October 14, 1990, at the age of 72.

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  • Death of Leonard Bernstein
    Death of Leonard Bernstein

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    KNX News eulogizes Leonard Bernstein, a towering presence in American music, who died of a heart attack caused by lung failure on October 14, 1990, at the age of 72.

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    Death of John Lennon

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