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Australian musician Jimmy Little, iconic Aboriginal artist, dies at 75
SYDNEY (AP) ' Jimmy Little, one of Australia's most famous Aboriginal musicians, has died at age 75.
Little's music manager, Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup, says the iconic artist died Monday at his home in the city of Dubbo, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Sydney. No cause of death was given.
Little was one of the first indigenous artists to win mainstream success in Australia, playing everything from country to reggae across a nearly 60-year career.
Little strongly supported Aboriginal education and served as a mentor for many indigenous children. The Jimmy Little Foundation works to combat high rates of kidney disease and diabetes in Aboriginal communities.
A public vote dubbed him a National Living Treasure in 2004. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin called Little a role model for Aboriginal youth.