CLEVELAND — The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has released a statement of tribute after the passing of iconic pianist, singer and songwriter Dr. John. 

Born Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Dr. John was an ambassador for the distinctive sound of New Orleans music. He was honored with six Grammy Awards during his long career and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Dr. John's family confirmed on Thursday that he died of a heart attack at the age of 77.

"Schooled by New Orleans’ finest, 2011 Inductee Dr. John added his own swampy, voodoo charm when he brought the music and heritage of the Crescent City to the world," the Rock Hall wrote on Twitter. "Mac’s gumbo of psychedelic funk, second line shuffle and Afro-Caribbean roots forever changed rock and roll."

The Rock Hall has also put together a Dr. John tribute page, which features a comprehensive biography, video from his 2011 induction ceremony, and a selection of Dr. John's career defining songs in a downloadable Spotify playlist.

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