Legendary musician FATS DOMINO has passed away at the age of 89.
FATS DOMINO has died.
The legendary rock 'n' roll musician - whose real first name was Antoine - passed away at the age of 89 on Wednesday (25.10.17) morning, WWL-TV Anchor Eric Paulson reported.
According to the news outlet, his daughter said the 'Blueberry Hill' singer passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
US TV star Wendell Pierce led tributes to the rocker.
He said: ''Words fail me in this moment of deep heartache and sadness. We have lost a legend.
''One of my heroes. New Orleans' Fats Domino is dead.''
He was born and raised in New Orleans and was famously feared dead in 2005, when he refused to leave his home when Hurricane Katrina hit the state in 2005, but it was later revealed he had been rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.
The iconic musician was given his nickname by New Orleans bandleader Billy Diamond in 1947, after he heard him play and was reminded of pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon.
He released his first single, 'The Fat Man' - which was co-written by Dave Bartholomew - in 1950, with his debut album, 'Carry on Rockin' coming out in 1955.
In 2012, Fats appeared as himself in HBO show 'Treme', which was set in New Orleans and featured several local musicians.
He was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in August 2016.
Fats had eight children, Antonio, Andre, Anatole, Adonica, Andrea, Antoine III, Antoinette, Anola, with late wife Rosemary, who died in 2008.
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