September 12, 2003: Johnny Cash Died From Respiratory Failure at 71
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The man in black, country singer Johnny Cash, died at age 71 from respiratory failure. In the years leading up to his death Cash had experienced a career revival thanks to a spartan new gothic country sound shepherded by producer Rick Rubin topped by an excellent cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," which endeared him to the alternative generation.
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