Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, the New Orleans-based genre-bending musician dabbling in blues, funk, r&b and more, has passed away at the age of 77 of a heart attack.
This sad news was reported on Thursday by The New Orleans Advocate, which added that his daughter confirmed the unfortunate development of her father’s passing.
Dr. John’s official Facebook page further confirmed the story.
Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally known as Dr….
The message in non-Facebook format:
Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally 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, he created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its’ heart, as it was always in his heart. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.
One not need look very far at social media to see how adored Dr. John was in the music community. Minutes after the news hit the web, musicians and artists shared their condolences:
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) June 6, 2019
Dr. John is an icon, a truly unique figure in 20th century music, and one of the greatest ever to come out of America’s greatest musical city. We’ll always be grateful for the time we spent together and the music we shared. Farewell Mac! https://t.co/t13xNiq9Mi
— Tedeschi Trucks Band (@DerekAndSusan) June 6, 2019
Man this really hurts … One of the greatest of all time and a real genius and gentleman. Rest In Peace Mac Rebbenack Jr better known as Dr John. pic.twitter.com/5UZrGPopba
— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) June 6, 2019
New Orleans just lost a giant. Second one, after the recent passing of Leah Chase. RIP Mac Rebennack, AKA Dr. John. For a great read, check out his autobiography some time. And listen to his music any time.
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) June 6, 2019
New Orleans and the world have lost another legend. Mac Rebennack better known as Dr. John died this morning. He truly was one of the greatest musicians this city has ever produced. It is a very sad day. pic.twitter.com/FhzN5cosWG
— Eric Paulsen WWL-TV (@EPaulsenWWL) June 6, 2019
Rest in peace, Dr. John.