R.I.P. Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Founder and Eccentric Banjo Player

Warren Hellman at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Warren Hellman, the billionaire banjo-picker and eccentric who founded the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, lost his battle with leukemia on Sunday. He was 77.

Hellman was a successful investment banker and beloved philanthropist who supported a multitude of local causes. But his favorite project was the annual bluegrass and roots music festival, which drew as many as 320,000 people per day over three days in Golden Gate Park.

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