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Legendary musician Fats Domino has died at 89

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Pianist and singer-songwriter Fats Domino died early Wednesday at age 89 years old, according to WWL-TV.

WWL-TV on Wednesday reported that it had received word from Domino’s family that he had died that morning.

Domino’s daughter said the singer of such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blue Monday” and “I’m Walkin’” died peacefully while surrounded by friends and family.

Domino was a lifelong resident of New Orleans who dominated pop and R&B charts from 1949 until the early 1960s.

The singer has been credited with preparing the way for rock ‘n roll music in the mid-1950s, and he was among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first ten inductees.

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“What they rock and roll is rhythm and blues, and I’ve been playing it for 15 years in New Orleans,” he said in 1956.

Domino ultimately nabbed 37 Top 40 singles, and only singer Elvis Presley sold more records during the 1950s.

The pianist also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the National Medal of Arts in 1998.

Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 ranked Domino No. 25 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

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The Times-Picayune on Wednesday reported that Domino once lived on Caffin Avenue in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.

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Hurricane Katrina struck the area on Aug. 29, 2005, flooding Domino’s home and most of the surrounding ward.

Domino was eventually rescued from his second-floor balcony by boat after days of media speculation on whether he had died.

Katrina’s floodwaters filled Domino’s home with mud, flushed out many of two dozen gold records hanging on the walls and destroyed his grand piano.

The piano has since been put on display – despite its ruined state – in the Louisiana State Museum.

Domino lived with his daughter Adonica in Harvey, Louisiana following Katrina’s passage over New Orleans.

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