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Dr John: Grammy-Winning Musician Dies at 77

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Sariah Manning

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:09 GMT

Grammy-winning American singer Dr John Dies at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack.

The New Orleans-born musician died on Thursday, June 6th according to a message posted to his Twitter account. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer combined the genres of blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll. 

The statement said: “ Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr known as Dr John, passed away of a heart attack.” 

The musician “created a unique blend of music which carried his hometown, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart,” it continued. 

“The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey and request privacy at the time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.” 

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tweeted a picture, along with the message: “God bless Dr John, peace and love to all his family. I love the doctor, peace and love.” 

His career started in the late 1950s, when he became prominent as a pianist and singer on the New Orleans music scene. 

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