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Pianist Roger Wiliams Dies at 87

6 years ago by Troy Rogers

Roger WilliamsLegendary pianist Roger Williams passed away on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after Williams lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger Williams performed into his eighties and was best known for his hit song “Autumn Leaves,” which he recorded in 1955.

According to The New York Times, virtuoso pianist Roger Williams died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday at the age of 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Williams announced that he had cancer after his last performance in March 2011. Williams was known as a master of the piano and had seven songs on the Billboard Top 40 chart. Roger Williams is also the only artist to have a piano instrumental hit the number one spot on Billboard with “Autumn Leaves.”

Other well known Roger Williams songs include “Born Free,” “Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago,” “Wanting You,” and “Almost Paradise.” Over his long career on the piano, Roger Williams also recorded over 100 albums and performed for various Presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush.

Roger Williams was 87 years-old at the time of his death.

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Troy Rogers began his online career in 2002 as a news writer for the popular Screenwriter's Voice website. Since then Troy has gone on to write for such outlets as The Deadbolt and UGO.com and has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and executives in a decade.