The world mourns another legend as it's revealed that New Orleans pianist and rhythm and blues hero FATS DOMINO has passed away at the age of 89. While he has been retired from performing for a decade, the music industry - and in particular the music that continues to be a Louisiana favourite - will feel a huge emptiness within it this year.

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Having been ill for many years, retiring from live performances in 2007 due to his quickly declining health, Fats Domino - real name Antoine Domino Jr. - died of natural causes at his home in Harvey, Lousiana yesterday morning (October 24th 2017) where he was surrounded by his family.

The news was confirmed to his longtime friend WWL-TV anchor Eric Paulsen by his daughter Karen Domino-White, and TMZ later received confirmation of his cause of death from Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, adding that there was no autopsy.

Best known for hits the likes of 'Blueberry Hill', 'Ain't That a Shame' and 'I'm Walkin'', Fats Domino sold over 65 million albums in his long career, while also being the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1987), and he was inducted by Billy Joel into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Shy and reclusive, Fats avoided media attention as much as possible and preferred a modest home life with his large family. His last performance took place at Tipitina's in New Orleans back in 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina struck the city - a disaster which cost him his home and possessions, though thankfully he and his wife were airlifted to a shelter in Baton Rouge.

Fats Domino is survived by his 13 children from his marriage to his wife Rosemary, who passed away in 2008. Alongside Karen, eight are known to be named Antonette, Andrea, Anatole, Andre, Adonica and Antoine III.