Dr. John @ Jazz Fest 2015 © Jim Brock
Dr. John @ Jazz Fest 2015 © Jim Brock

Dr. John has passed away as reported by his family.

Born Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), he is a beloved artist and musician and put New Orleans on the map in his own special way.

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.

He will be deeply missed.

Some touching messages and tributes have already been posted, and I’m sure this will be a sad weekend for us New Orleans music fans.

Anders Osborne posted a message saying “Words can not quite express what I feel right now. Mac you taught me so many things musically and personally. You were one of a few friends that stepped in and arranged for my recovery… I love you big brother and will keep your awe inspiring flame alive for as long as I live! Thank you for being at the right place at the right time. Day Ripper, Night Tripper! Go get em upstairs.” ⚜️

String Cheese Incident‘s team posted a shot showing him sit-in with the band. Lettuce posted a video clip of them backing up the legendary player.

Here’s his “Right Place Wrong Time” classic live from 1982.

Dr. John Chicago 1982 – Right Place Wrong Time