Ravi Shankar's path from Indian raga upstart to being a well-known star in the world of western music was already unlikely enough, even before it got the oddest possible denouement—when it was revealed that he had sired one of America's primary pop sweethearts, Norah Jones.
Not since it came out that singer Tim McGraw's biological father was baseball player Tug McGraw had there been quite such a mutual-celebrity "biodad" surprise. The fact that Shankar and Jones had been estranged for most of her life—and that she was deeply reluctant to discuss her famous father in interviews—only added to the intrigue.
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There had been thawings at various points in the relationship, though, and Jones was able to call Shankar "Dad" when she released a statement Wednesday, following the news that he had died Tuesday at age 92: "My Dad's music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere."
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