Legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who pioneered electric guitar design, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at a New York hospital, at the age of 94. His family and friends were by his side at the time of his passing. Paul is survived by three sons, a daughter and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Attorney Michael Braunstein stated that Paul had been “in and out of the hospital” for about two months and had battled a number of illnesses.
“At 94, it’s hard to fight a lot of stuff, He’s a historical person. He certainly has left his mark here on Earth and had many, many friends.” Braunstein said.
As an inventor, Paul played a key role in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1950s when he teamed up with Gibson Guitar Corp. to help design a sleek model that bears his name.