Legendary musician, Bo Diddley  died today, after three months of convalescence from a heart attack. His death was the result of another heart attack, with reports that he had been ill for some time – he had quit touring some months back, indicative of his poor health, sources say.

Born as Ellas Bates on Dec. 30, 1928, in McComb, Miss., Diddley was later adopted by his mother’s cousin and took on the name Ellis McDaniel, which his wife always called him.

Bo Diddlley was the only musician in rock’n’roll to have a rhythm pattern named for him. Chronicled by many as one of the few innovators in rock, musician George Thoroughgood was fond of putting references to Bo in many of his own songs.

Bo Diddley will be missed. Condolences to the family, and, by the way, if you don’t mind, many of us think Lonesome George really should give the eulogy.

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