New Orleans Music Legend Dr John Dies

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., known around the world as Dr. John,  has passed away at the age of 77, reportedly dying of a heart attack after several years of declining health.

In a statement released through his publicist, the family said that Dr John died “toward the break of day” of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details.

Memorial arrangements were being planned. “The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time,” the statement said.