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Cajun Music Fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux Dies At 71

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Funeral services are Tuesday for Cajun music fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux, who played with an array of country music performers during a career that spanned 50 years.

Thibodeaux died Friday at age 71 after a long battle with diabetes.

Beginning in 1956, he performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry country music show, where he often got standing ovations for his solos.

He had played with Bob Wills, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Ferlin Husky, the Everly Brothers, Hank Williams Junior, Neil Young, Lynn Anderson and Jimmy C. Newman.

Survivors include a daughter.