Fugs Founder, Anti-War Rocker Kupferberg Dies in NYC

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:49 PM EDT
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Fugs founding members Tuli Kupferberg, right, and Ed Sanders, seated, pose with bassist Scott Petito, left, and guitarist Steve Taylor outside the Village Underground Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Greenwich Village, New York.

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A founding member of one of the first underground rock groups, the Fugs, has died.

Tuli Kupferberg died Monday in a Manhattan hospital at age 86.

His friend and bandmate Ed Sanders said Kupferberg had suffered strokes in the past year.

Although never a commercial success, the Fugs were a regular attraction at anti-war protests in the 1960s. Kupferberg once joked they were "the U.S.O. of the left."

His contributions were recognized in January when Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and others appeared at a benefit concert in Brooklyn to help pay for some of his medical expenses.

Sanders says Kupferberg will be remembered as a unique American songwriter.

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