Bluesman Jimmy Dawkins has died at the age of 76.

The star, nicknamed Fast Fingers, passed away in Chicago, Illinois of unknown causes on 10 April (13), according to the New York Times.

Born in Mississippi, Dawkins taught himself to play guitar at an early age and moved to the Midwestern city in 1955.

In 1969, he released the first of his 21 albums, Fast Fingers, which earned him the iconic moniker, as well as the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque from the Hot Club de France.

He went on to tour extensively in America, Europe and Japan, launch his own music label, Leric Records, and become a frequent contributor of Living Blues magazine.

Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan were among some of the star's biggest fans. He also worked with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.