Reaction to the passing of New Orleans jazz musician Pete Fountain

Irma Thomas comments on Pete Fountain's passing

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Following the news of the passing of New Orleans jazz legend Pete Fountain, Saturday morning, fans and colleagues took to social media posting their reactions.

Friend and colleague Tim Laughlin posted the following:

Pete Fountain : July 3, 1930 - August 8, 2016 The Music world has lost a faithful steward.

The Jazz World has lost a most unique story-teller.

I lost a dear friend.

Heaven now celebrates another joyful soul for their own.

Humanity is eternally richer for the life of Pete Fountain.

I'll miss you, boss.

The following is a statement from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

"I am saddened by the passing of Jazz legend Pete Fountain, whose incredible spirit made him a true ambassador of our city. Born and raised in New Orleans, Fountain gained national acclaim when he joined the Lawrence Welk Show and through more than fifty appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, but he always remembered his roots.  At home in New Orleans, he played with the Dukes of Dixieland and owned a number of establishments including "Pete Fountain's Jazz Club."  He was an inspiring performer whose unmistakable sound defined our city's unique cultural heritage. We have lost one of the jazz greats, but his music will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time of grief."

The following is a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards:

"Donna and I are saddened by the passing of a great musician and great Louisianan, Pete Fountain.  Mr. Fountain and his clarinet filled our streets, homes and hearts with music and joy.  Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Fountain was always a proud ambassador for the City of New Orleans. Although he will be greatly missed, his warm and cheery disposition will live on in the music he left behind.  Donna and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife of 64 years, Beverly, and their family."

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