Janet McConnaughey
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/ 7 June 2006

Jazzman Hilton Ruiz dies

Jazz pianist and composer Hilton Ruiz, who came to New Orleans to work on a Hurricane Katrina benefit recording, died early on Tuesday, his agent and manager said. He was 54. Ruiz had been comatose at a hospital since he fell early no May 19 in front of a French Quarter bar.