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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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Ed Sheeran engaged to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn

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LONDON — British Ed Sheeran has become engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter announced on his Instagram page on Saturday. The proposal took place last month.

“Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” he told his 18 million followers on Instagram.

Sheeran is one of the best-selling artists in the world and his latest album ‘Divide’ smashed Spotify records, drawing 57 million listens on the first day of its release — nearly twice the previous highest.

Sheeran and Seaborn, who are childhood friends, have reportedly been dating since 2015.

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“It’s awesome meeting famous people. But that’s not life. That’s not reality. One day this will end,” he told The Sunday Times newspaper last year.

“And I know the one person that’s going to remain constant is Cherry.”

After several years of playing on the street and in bars, Sheeran won breakthrough international success with his 2014 love ballad ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

According to the BBC, Sheeran and Seaborn, 24, met in high school in their native UK and have been dating for about three years. She attended Duke University in North Carolina, where she also played hockey. She later helped England’s U21 team win a bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships.

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