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Singer-songwriter Bill Chinnock dies at 59 in Maine

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

Chinnock, a blues and roots rock stylist, had been suffering from Lyme disease and police said they were called to his East Main Street home by his live-in caregiver. Lt. Dean Perry would not comment on the cause of death but said "it is not of a suspicious nature."

Chinnock's manager, Paul Pappas, told WCSH-TV, Portland, that the guitarist, keyboardist and singer-songwriter committed suicide.

"He fought a hard battle with his disease," said Chinnock's sister, Caroline Payne of Yarmouth.

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

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 later 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," "Livin' in the Promised Land" and "Out on the Borderline."

In addition to performing at venues in Maine and around the country, Chinnock wrote music for films and television.

Chinnock had been living in Yarmouth for at least eight or nine years, Perry said.


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