Grammy-winning New Orleans musician Dr. John dead at 77

FILE PHOTO: Musician Dr. John gestures to the crowd during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

(Reuters) – Grammy-winning musician Dr. John, who brought the New Orleans voodoo vibe to the American music scene and became one of the city’s most venerated pianists, died on Thursday at age 77, his family said on the performer’s Twitter account.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles; writing and additional reporting by Bill Trott in Washington; editing by Diane Craft

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