John Tavener, 69; choral composer of 'Song for Athene'

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John Tavener, a British composer known for works such as "Song for Athene," played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Tavener, who was a friend of the Beatles in the 1960s and later of the Prince of Wales, died peacefully at home in Child Okeford, Dorset, according to his publisher Chester Music.

The composer first came to public notice when his work "The Whale" was released on the Beatles' record label Apple.

Tavener's other works include the cello-led "The Protecting Veil," which topped the charts in 1992. The epic "The Veil of the Temple" ran for more than six hours.

He will be remembered for many short religious and choral works such as "The Lamb." He was honored with a knighthood in 2000.