Ray Charles, who against unthinkable odds created one of the great musical legacies of the 20th century, died yesterday at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He was 73. Charles had suffered from acute liver disease for the last year, said his spokesman, Jerry Digney. He was surrounded by family and friends when he died at 11:35 a.m. West Coast time. The full article at nydailynews.com has since been removed or relocated.