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Pete Huttlinger at Texas Heart Institute

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Published on May 10, 2012

At THI we are saddened to learn that Pete Huttlinger, a gifted guitarist who inspired us and many others with his music, resilience and optimism, died January 15, 2016, of a stroke at a Nashville hospital after many years of medical adversities.

After suffering an earlier stroke and severe heart failure related to a congenital heart defect, the noted Nashville guitarist and composer came for treatment to the Texas Heart Institute in 2011. Huttlinger, who played with artists such as John Denver, LeAnn Rimes and many others, received an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) heart pump.

In the four years following his stay in Houston, Huttlinger toured, recorded and conducted guitar camps. In addition, he gave inspirational talks to medical, military and civic groups on the topic, “Don’t Just Live: Live Well.” His last musical performance was in Atlanta on Jan. 9, only two days before his final hospitalization.

During a 2012 check-up at THI, he graciously played a concert for the doctors, nurses and staff who and helped care for him, and for his fellow heart patients. Our own talented Dr. "Billy" Cohn sat in on bass with Pete on a few numbers.

We'd like to share the video of this performance with all his friends, fans and family in his honor. Thank you Pete, we will remember you for your creativity, wit and for all you did to inspire others like yourself who faced adversity to overcome it.

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