New Orleans musician Dr. John dies at 77

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 07, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Legendary New Orleans musician Malcolm John Rebennack, known by his stage name Dr. John, has died at 77, his publicist confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

A family member released this statement:

"Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack. As a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer, and performer, he created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its' heart, as it was always in his heart. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course."

Dr. John was an American singer and songwriter, who was born and raised in New Orleans.

His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

He is the recipient of six Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 25: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Musicians Allen Toussaint, Cyril Neville and Dr. John backstage at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)