The New Orleans singer and pianist Dr John - best known for his songs Such a Night and Right Place, Wrong Time - has died at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack.
The death of the six-time Grammy winner, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack, was announced on his official Twitter account.
Dr. John a/k/a Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. a/k/a The Night Tripper— Dr. John (@akadrjohn) June 7, 2019
11/20/1941 - 6/6/2019
(Photo by Helen Hovey) pic.twitter.com/0ewLorOdPN
A statement read: "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 whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course."
Dr John was world renowned for his melting pot sound that mixed blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
He began performing as a teenager and was a top session musician before embarking on a solo career with his 1968 album Gris-Gris. He went on to release over 30 albums through the decades.
On screen Dr John appeared in Martin Scorsese's live music film about The Band, The Last Waltz, and HBO's New Orleans-set series Treme. He was also the inspiration for The Muppets character Dr Teeth.
Dr John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow singer-songwriter John Legend in 2011.
There have been many tributes from fellow artists and fans:
Oh no. Bye Dr John. And thanks so much for all the hoodoo boogaloo pic.twitter.com/Evz1RWnpPB— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) June 7, 2019
Mac "Dr John" Rebennack, a true friend and fellow musical traveler died today. The Allman Brothers Band family express their sincere sadness in his passing. Mac played many times with the Brothers. Walk on Gilded Splinters our Old Friend, we will all meet up at The Right Place. pic.twitter.com/1EXDzQydlr— Allman Brothers Band (@allmanbrothers) June 7, 2019
God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family I love the doctor peace and love 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🎵☯️☮️ pic.twitter.com/ljFWmMp9V9— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) June 6, 2019
There was no other performer like Dr. John, and there never will be. Tonight my heart is in New Orleans.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 7, 2019
Dr. John's work captured my imagination as teen when I was still finding my voice. I used to cover his music with a group of like minded players, and it continues to bring me ridiculous amounts of joy. Very sad to hear this, very grateful also. RIP https://t.co/LBHjNAoLvb— Hozier (@Hozier) June 6, 2019