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Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball dies
12:26pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Echo News
Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball has died in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Les Squires, his manager, said the musician, who was in his early 80s, died in Basildon Hospital in Essex at 7.30am on Thursday.
He said: "He had been in and out of hospital recently but sadly this time he did not come out, but he was playing to the end."
Mr Squires said Ball, who lives in Wickford, was survived by his partner and his son, Keith, who had joined his father on stage playing with his group The Jazzmen.
He said the musician had continued to perform, having left hospital to play a gig in Germany at the end of January, before being re-admitted.