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Musician dies when home catches fire

Source: Tim McLeod (McLeod left, Donald Lineberger right) Source: Tim McLeod (McLeod left, Donald Lineberger right)
Source: Tim McLeod (Lineberger far left) Source: Tim McLeod (Lineberger far left)
SOURCE: Tim McLeod (Lineberger left, McLeod right) SOURCE: Tim McLeod (Lineberger left, McLeod right)

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A country musician was killed when his home caught fire Sunday night in Valdosta.

The Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson says 71-year old Donald Lineberger died from smoke inhalation and exposure to heat.

That's him in the plaid shirt.

Firefighters say the fire started in the home's foyer.

Lineberger was a renowned left-handed banjo player who played with such stars as Bill Monroe and Glen Campbell.

Neighbors were devastated.

"My husband ran outside and said that house next door is totally in flames and so it was shocking," said neighbor Kippy Tift.  "We just watched. There were fire trucks and policemen and we were just so sad."

Firefighters are still investigating the cause.

They say it's possibly electrical.


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