Legendary jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has died. He was 51.

The musician's death was confirmed on Facebook.com on Tuesday (14Jan14). No further details have been released.

His siblings Rickey and Denise shared the news with fans on the website, writing, "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements."

Jordan was touted as one of the leading figures in the acid jazz movement of the 1980s and 1990s, a offshoot of the genre which incorporated elements of soul, disco, hip-hop and funk in jazz.

In 2000, his A Brighter Day album hit number 10 on the U.S. Jazz Albums chart, and the lead track of the same name featuring Mos Def peaked at number 20 on the Rap Songs chart.

Jordan was also known for his song The Jackal, which was immortalised in pop culture when actress Allison Janney lip-synced to the track on an episode of The West Wing in 2000.