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Dr. John: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer dead at age 77

Posted: 6:04 PM, Jun 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-06 20:20:03-04
Dr. John: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer dead at age 77

Dr. John, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a six-time Grammy winner, died Thursday morning from a heart attack, said publicist and social media manager Karen Beninato.

Dr. John, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, was 77.

Beninato's post on Dr. John's Facebook page said memorial arrangements will be announced.

Dr. John "created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart," she wrote.

According to the Grammy website , Dr. John began his musical career working as a songwriter and guitarist in the 1950s. He later played keyboards for Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.

In the late 1960s, he became "Dr. John, the Nite Tripper" when he went solo.

The blues, rock and jazz musician won his most recent Grammy in 2012 for the best blues album, "Locked Down."

Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd wrote on Instagram : Just heard a Louisiana legend has passed. Dr John was a friend and an inspiration to me. I've never met another man quite like him. When a person so unique leaves us, it creates a void that will never be filled."

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa tweeted: "Man this really hurts ... One of the greatest of all time and a real genius and gentleman."

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