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Guns N’ Roses Dedicate Indian Concert to Late Music Legend Ravi Shankar

Axl Rose / Ravi Shankar
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On Dec. 11, sitar virtuoso and essential Beatles influence Ravi Shankar passed away. The news was learned by many the next day, inspiring many tributes and condolences in response to Shankar’s death, including a special shout-out from Guns N’ Roses during their Dec. 12 performance in New Delhi, India.

During the massive Guns N’ Roses concert, singer Axl Rose took a moment to memorialize Shankar with one quick sentence: “We dedicate this show to Pandit Ravi Shankar, who passed away today.”

Shankar, a three-time Grammy Award winner, was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, Calif to undergo heart valve surgery on Dec. 6. Shankar had been complaining of breathing difficulties after the surgery, ultimately passing away five days later at the age of 92.

The Shankar family released their official statement on Shankar’s death shortly after his demise:

It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today, December 11th, 2012.
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.

Sukanya & Anoushka Shankar

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