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R.I.P. Arthur Lee - thanks for all the Love

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Psychedelic rock legend Arthur Lee, founder of the classic '60s band Love, died late yesterday afternoon after battling lymphoblastic leukemia, his manager Mark Linn said yesterday in an email to friends and the press.

Arthur Lee died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, a little after four in the afternoon Aug 3, 2006 with his wife Diane by his side. His death comes as a shock to me because Arthur had the uncanny ability to bounce back from everything, and leukemia was no exception. He was confident that he would be back on stage by the fall. When I visited with him recently, he was visibly moved by the stories and pictures from the NYC benefit concert. He was truly grateful for the outpouring of love from friends and fans all over the world since news of his illness became public. We watched the DVD of the great House of Blues concert from '03, and he told me how much he appreciated [backing band] Baby Lemonade's dedication to his music.

Arthur always lived in the moment, and said what he thought when he thought it. I'll miss his phone calls, and his long voice messages, but most of all I'll miss Arthur playing Arthur's music.

Memphis was where Lee was born in 1945, but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a young boy and it was here that he discovered his talent.