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Jim Marshall maker of Marshall amplifiers dies

Jim Marshall, the man behind the iconic Marshall amplifiers, used by rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend of The Who, has died aged 88.

Marshall, who helped make the ear-shattering sounds of the 1960s possible, died on Thursday. He had suffered several strokes in recent years, and developed cancer at the end of 2011, his son said.

His death was announced on the Marshall company website, in a statement that paid tribute to the "joy" his speakers brought to millions of music fans across the world.

  • 05 Apr 2012