Don Van Vliet

The avant-garde rock musician was known as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004976" title="Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/captain-beefheart-his-magic-band-%28music-group%29-PECLB0004976.topic">Captain Beefheart</a>. He and his band never sold many records, but their work was critically acclaimed, especially the album "Trout Mask Replica." He was also an abstract painter. He was 69. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-captain-beefheart-20101218,0,232335.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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The avant-garde rock musician was known as Captain Beefheart. He and his band never sold many records, but their work was critically acclaimed, especially the album "Trout Mask Replica." He was also an abstract painter. He was 69. Full obituary

Notable deaths of 2010

Notable film and television deaths of 2010

Notable sports deaths of 2010

Notable political deaths of 2010

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