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American folk singer Pete Seeger, who co-wrote enduring songs like "If I Had a Hammer", and in turn became a leading voice for social justice, died on Monday at the age of 94.
He was variously hailed in social and traditional media as a "hero", "America's conscience" and "A man of the people".
Seeger died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his record company Appleseed Recordings.
He was well known for his liberal politics, working as an environmentalist, and protesting against wars from Vietnam to Iraq.
He celebrated his 90th birthday in May 2009 with a concert in New York's Madison Square Garden that drew 15,000 spectators and performers.