DJ Fontana, the last surviving member of Elvis Presley's band, has died in his sleep, aged 87.

The drummer played on over 450 Elvis songs, including global smashes such as Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog.

"I told everyone that I would keep you posted. My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight," his son Dave Fontana said on a Facebook post on Wednesday

"He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers."

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A pivotal member of Elvis's band, Fontana, whose full name was Dominic Joseph Fontana, also featured on Elvis's legendary 1968 TV show.

He began his career as a drummer for the Louisiana Hayride, a US radio programme that helped launch the careers of some of country music's biggest names.

Elvis made his debut on the show in 1954 and Fontana played drums with him. An impressed Elvis later drafted him into his full-time band.

Fontana recorded his first studio session with Elvis in January 1956 and played on five songs including breakthrough hit, Heartbreak Hotel.

He remained in his entourage for 14 years and eventually left the band in 1969 following a pay dispute with the Elvis' manager Colonel Parker.

Fontana's friend Larry Geller posted a tribute to the star on Facebook.