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Pianist Van Cliburn poses for a portrait at the Steinway & Sons showroom in New York on March 18, 1994. Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Wyatt Counts, file) NO SALES

Pianist Van Cliburn poses for a portrait at the Steinway & Sons showroom in New York on March 18, 1994. Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Wyatt Counts, file) NO SALES

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dies at 78

February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn,

the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow

competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career

that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has

died. He was 78.