Some extremely sad news was reported on Thursday, June 6. A Hall of Fame rock legend has passed away after suffering a heart attack.
Dr. John, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., passed away on Thursday morning. The loved musician who combined several different genres together died at the age of 77.
The musician’s publicist, Karen Dalton Beninato, confirmed his death.
She wrote, “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 has been attributed to much of New Orleans’ “musical heritage,” according to USA Today. Additionally, he won several Grammy Awards.
Writer Michael Hurtt said, “You cannot separate Dr. John from New Orleans. He’s like Louis Armstrong. He’s like a cultural ambassador. He’s basically packaged this culture he came out of with a lot of nuances that are pretty subtle.”
Dr. John became a session musician in the 1950s. Though he started with guitar and bass, he later switched to piano. Eventually, he became a bandleader. His best hit was “Right Place, Wrong Time,” which reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Several people have taken to social media to share their condolences over the musician’s death. Below are some of the posts:
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