Dr John, New Orleans jazz legend, dies aged 77

The Grammy Award-winning singer Dr John has passed away. He was 77.

The news was announced in a message posted to the artist’s official Twitter account last night (7 June). The cause of death was a heart attack.

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.

“As a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer, and performer, 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 & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”