03:40 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 12/12/2012 07:00AM
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western musicians – both classical and rock – made him a familiar concert name by the late '60s and earned him the title "godfather of world music," died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California, his family said. He was 92.
Shankar's foundation said in a statement that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week, reports the Associated Press.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar's death, calling him a "national treasure."
But it was his daughter, singer Norah Jones, who honed in on his legacy: "My Dad's music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Suspended ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Apologizes for Her Viral Video Tirade
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Kim Richards Arrested
ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended After Berating Parking Attendant on Video
Kim Richards Steps Out After Being Arrested for Public Intoxication
Zayn Malik Makes First Public Appearance Since Leaving One Direction (with a Shaved Head!)
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!