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Celestine Tate Harrington dies at 42

Boardwalk musician, author

Celestine Tate Harrington, who wowed Boardwalk tourists for years playing an electric organ with her tongue, died Feb. 25 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Atlantic City. She was 42.

Harrington was struck by a car Feb. 19 while riding down a city street.

She was born with stunted, useless arms and legs. She lived, performed and traveled face down on a motorized hospital-style gurney.

In 1976, the 4-foot-10 inch, 191-pound woman won the right to raise her own daughter when she demonstrated in court how she could change a diaper — using only her mouth. She has two daughters of her own and two adopted, all of whom are now adults.

In 1984 she began working the Boardwalk, using a bucket to collect donations from those who wandered by and stopped to watch her play “Amazing Grace,” “Born Free” and “Stormy Weather” on her battery-operated keyboard.

In 1996 she published a book, “Some Crawl and Never Walk.”

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