Woodstock star Richie Havens dead at 72

Veteran US musician Richie Havens, whose distinctive guitar and singing style made him one of the highlights of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival, died Monday aged 72, his agent said.

Havens "was gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music," said the Roots agency, announcing his death, adding: "His fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless."