New Orleans rock and roll legend Fats Domino, who is known for hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” has died at age 89. He was surrounded by family and friends in New Orleans, according to TMZ.
He died of natural causes and his body has been released to a funeral home, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office told TMZ. No autopsy was performed.
Fats, who was prominent in the ’50s and ’60s and sold more than 65 million albums, is credited with having the first rock and roll record with the release of his debut single, “The Fat Man.” Fats was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
Loyal to his home of New Orleans, he was heavily involved in post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.