Classical pianist Van Cliburn dies at 78

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FILE - This July 12, 2003 file photo shows pianist Van Cliburn after performing with the  Boston Symphony Orchestra as the Orchestra plays "Happy Birthday," on his 69th birthday at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.  Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status  died early Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at his Fort Worth home following a battle with bone cancer.  He was 78. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

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Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78.

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