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Iconic singer-songwriter Guy Clark dead at 74

RIP, Guy Clark

RIP, Guy Clark

We lost another great: Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died Tuesday at 74. 

The Grammy-winning songwriting ace behind "Desperados Waiting for a Train" and "L.A. Freeway" had battled illness, including cancer, for years. His beloved wife, Susanna, died from cancer in 2012. 

Among the artists who recorded Clark's deeply poetic, emotionally resonant songs: Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and many, many more. Clark was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Alongside friend/fellow Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt, Clark was featured prominently in 1981's cult-loved outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways.  Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, and others were also chronicled in Highways

Clark's 14th and final album, 2013's My Favorite Picture of You, won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. 

2016 has already seen the deaths of music legends Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, Natalie Cole, Lemmy Kilmister, and Merle Haggard. 

Tejano star Emilio Navaira, yet another Texas music hero, died Tuesday at 53

The following note from Clark's official Facebook account announced his death: