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Beach Boy Carl Wilson Dies From Lung Cancer

February 10, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Carl Wilson, a founding member of the Beach Boys, succumbed to lung cancer on Friday evening.

Wilson, 51, was battling the disease for about a year and died with his family by his side. Although he was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent chemotherapy, Wilson insisted on being a part of the Beach Boys tour last summer.

During the Beach Boys' legendary career, the California surf group influenced countless musicians and released such hits as "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," Good Vibrations" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

Their first single, "Surfin' Safari," was released in 1962 and was followed by the successful "Surfin' USA" in 1963. They reached superstar status after the release of "Good Vibrations" in 1967 and their seminal album, Pet Sounds, is ranked as one of the most influential albums of all time.

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