Rock 'n' Roll legend Bo Diddley passes away

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London, June 3 : American rock and roll star Bo Diddley passed away on Monday following a prolonged illness.

Heart failure has been declared as the cause of his death.

Paying a tribute to Diddley, 'The Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger described the late star as a wonderful musician.

"He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones," the Daily Star quoted Jagger as saying.

"He was very generous to us in our early years and we learned a lot from him. We will never see his like again," he added.

Diddley, whose real name was Ellas McDaniel, had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke that affected his ability to speak.

He was famed for his homemade square guitar, and he toured until well into his seventies.

Many famed artists, including Eric Clapton and U2, recorded his songs.

Diddley's distinctive rhythm and guitar work even inspired The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.

He was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 1999.

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