Blues star Pinetop Perkins has died at the age of 97 - just a month after becoming the oldest Grammy Award winner ever.
The veteran pianist passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on Monday (21Mar11) after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Perkins' death comes just weeks after he was awarded the Best Traditional Blues Album prize at last month's (Feb11) Grammy Awards ceremony.
Perkins began his career as a guitarist but switched to the piano after injuring his arm in a fight. He went on to tour with Ike Turner in the 1950s and also played with Muddy Waters.
In 2005, he accepted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two years later (07), he won another Grammy trophy for Best Traditional Blues Album. He was honoured again at this year's (11) prize-giving for his record Joined at the Hip, which he recorded with Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith.
Blues legend B.B. King is leading the tributes to Perkins, insisting he will be sadly missed.
King says, "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world."