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got some sad news last night when it was confirmed that , the philanthropist who throws the annual Bluegrass in , passed away after battling leukemia.

, the financier whose willingness to fund an unlikely range of passions made him a force in politics, education and , died Sunday evening from complications of leukemia, his family said. He was 77.

Since moving out to this city and seeing how the entire area comes out to this to celebrate the variety and free sounds wafting through the park, it’s clear his effect on the city will be missed in the coming years. Thankfully the was set up to go on without him, so the 2012 version of this festival will continue to appeal to the old and young, grunge or bourgeois, hippie or hipster classes that permeate the city culture. What a guy for leaving a gift to the rest of us…

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