Internationally acclaimed musician Paul Horn has died aged 84. Nicknamed the father of new age music, he performed with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Miles Davis throughout his career.
According to a statement, the award winning artist died in Vancouver, Canada, on 29 June after a brief illness. "He passed away very peacefully and did not suffer," said Horn's son Marlen. "He wasn't in any pain."
Nominated for five Grammys, Horn made 50 albums over five decades, and was renowned for his deep philosophical principles, studying transcendental meditation alongside the Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
While records such as Inside the Taj Mahal and Inside the Great Pyramid helped pioneer the new age music genre, his album Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts won two Grammys in 1966, including the best original jazz composition award.
Survived by his wife Ann Mortifee, his sons Robin and Marlen, stepson Devon and his grandchildren, a private memorial-celebration of life is being planned.
"The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from people around the world who admired Horn as a musician and respected him as a man of great integrity and deep philosophical principles," reads a statement.
An influential figure in jazz and world music, fans and artists have paid their respects to Horn on social media. "Very sad to hear of the passing of my all-time favourite flautist who had a quite amazing life Paul Horn RIP," wrote Gilles Peterson.