Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 6:29 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Claud Johnson, son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson, has died at age 83.

Attorney John Kitchens, who represented Claud Johnson, says one of Claud Johnson's sons told him Johnson died Tuesday.

Johnson won a legal fight in 2014 to keep the profits from the only two known photographs of his father.

Robert Johnson did not leave a will when he died in 1938 at age 27. He was destitute, but his estate later made millions. His recordings won a Grammy in 1990.

Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for his talent. He wrote "Me and the Devil Blues" and "Crossroads Blues."

A court declared Claud Johnson the musician's sole heir in 1998. Other relatives sued him over the photos in 2000.