Guitar legend Alvin Lee of Ten Years After has died of complications after routine surgery, reports BBC News. He was 68.

The British guitarist shot to worldwide attention with a staggering Woodstock performance in 1969.

Lee talked to Guitar World about his ‘Big Red’ ES-335 just last year. “I've still got the original Woodstock 335, but, sadly, I don’t use it these days as it has become too valuable. She’s now in a vault since some loony offered me half a million dollars for her.

Alvin Lee’s family announced the sad news on his website, saying: "We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."