Agent: US folk musician Richie Havens dies at 72

US folk musician Richie Havens has died at the age of 72, his talent agency has said.

Havens emerged from the New York folk scene in the 1960s and played at the Woodstock festival in 1969.

Richie Havens performing at the Woodstock Festival 40th anniversary concert in 2009 Credit: Kevin Ferguson/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

A statement on the agency's website said: "The Roots Agency represented Richie Havens for many years and regrets to post of his passing on April 22, 2013".