Paul Kantner, founding member of ‘Jefferson Airplane’, dead at 74

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American musician Paul Kantner, who was a founding member of the rock band “Jefferson Airplane,” which achieved international success with hits such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” in the 1960s, has died. He was 74.

Cynthia Bowman, his longtime publicist and friend, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kantner died of multiple organ failure and septic shock on Thursday after suffering a heart attack earlier this week. He also suffered other health problems in recent years, including a heart attack last year.

Jefferson Airplane made its debut in August 1965 at the Matrix nightclub in San Francisco and went on to become the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international success. “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” were an international success, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award just this month.

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