Blues Legend Dies

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"Little" Milton Campbell's publicist, Carrie Newton, confirmed that the 70-year-old Mississippi musician died around 8:50 a.m. Thursday at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn. No other details were released.

Little Milton suffered a stroke on July 27 and slipped into a coma. The Inverness, Miss., native had been scheduled, prior to his illness, to perform Aug. 11 at Clarksdale's Ground Zero Blues Club for the blues documentary "Native Sons."

Campbell's last appearance in Jackson was at The Allman Brothers Band concert in May.

His hit record "We're Gonna Make It" and his 1978 vintage black jacket were on display in Clarksdale last year as part of a "Sweet Home Chicago" exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum.

Campbell's music has been described as having a gritty feel, with pleading vocals and frequent lyrics of dashed love. He was presented with the W.C. Handy 1988 Blues Entertainer of the Year award and was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame that year.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Patricia, and several children.