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Progressive guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth dead at 70

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LONDON — Allan Holdsworth, who is known for his progressive rock and jazz fusion work with bands including Soft Machine, Gong, and U.K., has died of unknown causes. He was 70.

Holdsworth died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post by his daughter Louise, reports variety.com.

Born in Bradford, England, Holdsworth had lived in Southern California for several decades. His complex guitar work was cited as an influence by musicians such as Eddie Van Halen and Robben Ford.

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Holdsworth started out playing with rock and jazz fusion bands in the early 1970s and then joined up with acts from the Canterbury progressive scene, including Soft Machine and Pierre Moerlen’s Gong.

He played with bassist Stanley Clarke, King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford’s solo act, and with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty’s band, and was then recruited to join progressive supergroup U.K. with Bruford, violinist Eddie Jobson, and bassist John Wetton.

From the 1980s onward, Holdsworth released a number of jazz fusion solo albums with collaborators including Gordon Beck and Mark Varney, and continued to tour. “Road Games,” from 1983, received a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental performance.

Musicians including Joe Satriani mourned Holdsworth on Twitter.

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John Cena breaks ties with fiancée Nikki Bella

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WASHINGTON — American wrestler and philanthropist John Cena has broken all ties with his fiancée and model Nikki Bella just before three weeks of wedding.

The couple got engaged last year in April during the live broadcast of Wrestlemania 33. They were supposed to get married on May 5,reported Mirror.

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Nikki and her twin sister Brie announced the news on their official Twitter handle where they wrote, “After much contemplation of six years of being together, Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple. While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time of our lives.”

Earlier John confessed that their separate work schedules keep them apart for ‘months at a time’. However, the WWE star hasn’t revealed anything about this split as yet.

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