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Robert Hunter, best known for his lyrical work with the Grateful Dead, has died at the age of 78.

Hunter’s family confirmed his death with the following statement to the media:

“It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night. He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand.

For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air”

Hunter’s lyrics can be found in some of the Dead’s most popular songs including “Dark Star,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Touch of Grey.”

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