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Jazz harmonica great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 in Belgium

Belgian musician Toots Thielemans, who turned the lowly harmonica into a virtuoso jazz instrument during an illustrious career that saw him perform with such legends as Charlie Parker, has died. He was 94.

Thielemans, who also made a mark on pop culture with solos on movies and the theme for TV's "Sesame Street," died in his sleep in a Belgian hospital on Monday, his manager said. He was hospitalized last month after a fall, but had been in good spirits after an operation on his shoulder.

"He was so happy. He was doing well," manager Veerle Van de Poel said.

"We were very surprised" by his passing, she said. "He was sleeping, and...