The music world has lost another beloved legend. 77-year-old Jazz genius Dr. John passed away on Thursday after suffering a sudden heart attack.
According to a family representative, Dr. John, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack, died early Thursday morning.
The official statement reads:
“Rebennack, a New Orleans icon, won six Grammy awards, although his career was sidelined at times by drugs.
“He started in the 1950s while writing and playing guitar for Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, Frankie Ford and Allen Toussaint, according to his website.”
“An American musician if there ever was one.”
He also performed with such stars as Van Morison, Sonny and Cher, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, and the Rolling Stones.
Dr. John received seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 for his many contributions.
“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 family thanks all [who] shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”
Farewell, Dr. John. The world is a sadder place without your presence. Rest in peace.