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Gail Zappa dies at 70; widow of iconoclastic musician was advocate for artists' rights

Gail Zappa dies at 70; widow of iconoclastic musician was advocate for artists' rights

Gail Zappa, widow of the iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa and a zealous advocate for artists' ownership rights over their work, has died. She was 70.

Zappa's death Wednesday at her Laurel Canyon home was announced by family members, who described her in a statement as "a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer."

"Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake," the statement said.

The cause of her death was not revealed.

Zappa was known both as a free spirit and as a hard-headed businesswoman.

"Let me say it in the simplest way," she told The Times in 2008....

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