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Beatles collaborator and 'teacher' Sheridan dead: family

British rocker Tony Sheridan, best known as an early collaborator of The Beatles and mentor during the Fab Four's legendary spell in Hamburg, has died aged 72, his family announced. A statement posted on social networking site Facebook on Saturday read, "Our beloved father and friend! Thank you for your love and inspiration. You left us today at 12.00 pm." The singer/guitarist, who died in Hamburg, performed on some of the Beatles' earliest recordings after meeting John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best in Germany in the early 1960s.
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