A celebrated icon throughout Louisiana and much of the South has tragically passed away on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at the age of 77.
Mac Rebennack, professionally known as Dr. John, was known for his incredible piano playing skills and his blending of musical influences from both black and white culture.
We have lost Dr. John, one of the greatest exponents of the New Orleans piano tradition. He kept the flame alive over long decades, and leaves a hole in our musical culture that can’t be filled. https://t.co/dFrgyZN9As pic.twitter.com/NEZF1RLIRn
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) June 6, 2019
Called a New Orleans Icon by most, Dr. John earned six Grammy Awards throughout his career, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and performed with some of the biggest names in music – like Sonny & Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and more.
— Galactic (@GalacticFunk) June 7, 2019
Unfortunately, Dr. John had not been seen publicly since 2017 and his untimely passing was revealed through a statement on his Twitter account shared by his management.
“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,” they wrote, adding a list of achievements and stunning accomplishments from his career.
“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.”
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
Read the full statement from his family and management below and watch the CBS video about his amazing legacy.
May he rest in peace.
— Dr. John (@akadrjohn) June 6, 2019