Louisiana musician Dr. John passes away at 77

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Louisiana’s governor is remembering the musician known as Dr. John as “a true Louisiana legend.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the statement Thursday evening. It came soon after news broke that the musician, whose real name was Mac Rebennack, had died of a heart attack.

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Another New Orleans musical star, Irma Thomas, said that Dr. John was loved by fans around the world. She described the man who was also known as the “night tripper” as “a mystical person.”

There was also this from Ringo Starr on Twitter: ‘God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family. …”

Dr. John was 77.