"Father of New Age Music" Paul Horn Dies at 84

'Father of New Age Music' Paul Horn Dies at 84
Paul Horn, an acclaimed jazz flautist and the so-called "father of new age music," passed away last weekend following a brief illness. He was 84.

Horn died on Sunday (June 29) in Vancouver. The exact cause of death hasn't been disclosed, but his son Marlen told the Associated Press, "He passed away very peacefully and did not suffer. He wasn't in any pain."

Horn's career stretches all the way back to the '50s, and he was a prolific session player, in addition to recording many solo albums. His associates included Miles Davis and Tony Bennett. Horn was known for recording music in places of spiritual importance around the world (like the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramid of Giza), and he attended the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with the Beatles in 1968.

Though Horn was born in New York and launched his career in Los Angeles, he ended up moving to British Columbia and later married Canadian singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee.

He is survived by his wife, two sons from a prior marriage, four grandchildren, and a stepson. A private memorial is being planned.