FORT WORTH, Texas—A world renowned pianist has died.
Van Cliburn died at his home this morning after a battle with bone cancer.
The pianist sealed his spot in history in 1958 at the height of the Cold War when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
That performance earned him an eight minute standing ovation.
Cliburn has performed for every president since Harry Truman.
He received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.
Cliburn was 78-years-old.