(Associated Press files )
February 27, 2013
Pianist Van Cliburn performing during a Sept. 2004 concert dedicated to the memory of the victims of the recent Beslan school massacre in Moscow. Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home following a battle with bone cancer. He was 78.