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In this Aug. 6, 2011 photo, J. Geils, left, and Peter Wolf of J.Geils Band perform at the Fleet Boston Pavilion in Boston. Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," ''Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Groton police said officers responded to Geils' home around 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP)

John Geils, founder of the J. Geils Band, died Tuesday at the age of 71

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John Warren Geils Jr., founder of the J. Geils Band, died Tuesday in his home in Massachusetts at the age of 71. 

Groton police said Geils died of natural causes. 

The band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and went on to write top hits like "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame," and "Centerfold." The band, which broke up in 1985 but frequently reunited on and off, was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time last year but fell short. 

Former bandmate Peter Wolf paid tribute on Facebook.

Fans paid tribute to Geils, many hailing his Boston roots.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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