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Dr John, legendary genre-bending New Orleans musician, dies at 77

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Dr John, legendary genre-bending New Orleans musician, dies at 77
Family thanks ‘all who have shared his unique musical journey’ after Rock & Roll Hall of Famer suffers heart attack
Associated Press
Thu 6 Jun 2019

Dr John, the New Orleans musician who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77.

In a statement released through his publicist, the family said Dr John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died “toward the break of day” of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he canceled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home, publicist Karen Beninato said last year in an interview.

Memorial arrangements were being planned. “The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time,” the statement said.


 

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