British blues guitarist Alvin Lee dies aged 68: Family

LONDON - British guitarist Alvin Lee, best known for his performance with the band Ten Years After at the famous Woodstock festival, died on Wednesday aged 68, his family announced.

A statement on Lee's official website explained that the Nottingham-born rocker died after suffering complications during routine surgery.

"We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician," said the statement issued by his wife and daughters.

Lee worked with The Beatles' George Harrison, and The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood during a 50-year career, which hit its peak at the 1969 era-defining festival.

Ten Years After notched eight Top 40 albums in Britain, and count "Hear Me Calling", "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Love Like a Man" among their biggest hits.

Lee released his 14th album, "Still on the Road to Freedom", last year and was due to perform in Paris on April 7.