Sitar legend Ravi Shankar, best known in the west for his influence on the Beatles, died on Tuesday in a San Diego area hospital. He was 92.
Pandit Ravi Shankar, whom George Harrison dubbed the 'godfather of world music,' was also the father of singer Norah Jones.
His family released this statement on his website: As you all know, his health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially given him a new lease of life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away.
We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. His spirit and his legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music.
The Daily Mail has an in-depth article about his career and legacy that you can read here.