Spain: Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

CIARAN GILES Associated Press Published:

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish officials say world-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia has died. He was 66.

Jose Ignacio Landaluce, mayor of de Lucia's native Spanish town of Algeciras said in a statement Wednesday the guitarist died in Mexico, where he lived.

The cause of death was not immediately made known.

De Lucia, whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez, was recognized as one of the world's leading guitarists, dazzling audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work.

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