Death of Billy Preston

September 2, 1946 - June 6, 2006
Scottsdale, Arizona | Age 59

Singer-songwriter dead at 59
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Billy Preston, the prolific songwriter and musician, played with The Beatles so often he was sometimes called the fifth member of the group -- even performing with the band on its legendary rooftop concert, the last time they played live.

Preston, who battled chronic kidney failure and received a kidney transplant in 2002, died Tuesday at a Scottsdale hospital, his longtime manager Joyce Moore said. He had been in a coma since November due to a heart infection, she said. He was 59.<...

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