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Bill Chinnock, 59; played in Springsteen band

BILL CHINNOCK (1981 file)

YARMOUTH, Maine -- Musician Bill Chinnock, a member of a band that became Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died Wednesday at his home, police said. He was 59.

Mr. Chinnock, a blues and roots rock stylist, had been suffering from Lyme disease, and police said they were called to his home by his live-in caregiver.

Mr. Chinnock's manager, Paul Pappas, told a Portland television station that the guitarist, keyboardist, and singer-songwriter committed suicide.

Mr. Chinnock, a native of Newark, was a key figure in the Asbury Park, N.J., music scene that propelled Springsteen to stardom.

Mr. Chinnock moved to Maine in the 1970s. He made 13 albums and in 1987 won an Emmy for his song, "Somewhere in the Night." A duet he recorded with Roberta Flack became a theme song for the soap opera "Guiding Light."

His albums include "Blues," "Badlands," "Alive at the Loft," "Dime Store Heroes," and "Out on the Borderline."