Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at the age of 89

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Legendary and Grammy award-winning bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley died Thursday evening, his label director Darlene Fowler confirmed. Stanley was 89.

Stanley is known as a “founding father” of bluegrass and is widely known for contributing to the soundtrack of the 2000 film, “O Brother Where Art Thou.” With his brother Carter, he formed The Stanley Boys in 1946 and built a large and loyal following with their traditional sound. Carter played the guitar and sang lead. Ralph picked the banjo and provided the high tenor harmonies.

“He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer,” his grandson Nathan wrote in a post on Facebook. “I feel so lost and so alone right now. He was my world, and he was my everything.”