Grammy-winner Dr John dies aged 77 following a heart attack

Grammy-winning US singer Dr John has died after suffering a heart attack.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 77, his family confirmed.

Ringo Starr and Debbie Harry are among the stars to have already paid tribute to the mutli-talented musician, who famously crossed boundaries into blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock & roll.

A statement from his loved on said: ‘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 recorded an incredible 20 albums and became widely known for his Top 10 hit, Right Place, Wrong Time.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by EGOT artist John Legend in 2011.

During his incredible career, Dr John was nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won six of them.

He won his first in 1989 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group for “Makin’ Whoopee” with Rickie Lee Jones.

It came two years after he made his stage debut at the awards, performing When I Make Love alongside Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Ry Cooder.

His most recent win was for Best Blues Album for Locked Down in 2012, with consistent nominations every two years between 2004 and 2010.

Testament to his elevated position in the music industry, singing legends flooded Twitter with tributes on Thursday night.

Beatles star Ringo Starr said: ‘God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family I love the doctor peace and love.’

Blondie singer Debbie Harry shared a picture of them together saying: ‘RIP Mac Rebennack’

Hozier revealed how Dr John’s influence had inspired his music, saying: ‘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’

TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres also expressed her condolences, saying her heart was in his home of the New Orleans.

A tribute from the team of late musician Louis Armstrong on Twitter reflected on John’s admiration for Louis: ‘RIP Dr. John.

‘It was always a thrill when Mac was on the scene and we lucky to have him visit the Armstrong House (and play Louis’s piano), as well as being honored at our 2015 Gala (alongside @RFS_Vista and with @JonBatiste in attendance). Thank you, @aka_drjohn.’

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