Dr. John, the New Orleans musician who blended musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday. The artist, who was born Mac Rebennack, was 77 years old. Westwood One correspondent, Bill Michaels reports he died of a heart attack, but officials close to the situation would not provide other details.
Dr. John was a six time Grammy award winner and member of the rock-n-roll hall of fame. He had a Top 10 hit with “Right Place, Wrong Time.” He played with The Grateful Dead, appeared with The Band in director Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” documentary, jammed on The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” album and collaborated with countless others. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017. In the statement the family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time.