NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Legendary New Orleans musician Antoine "Fats" Domino has passed away, according to the Jefferson Parish coroner.
Domino, who was born in the 9th ward on February 26, 1928, was 89 years old.
Domino cranked out 25 gold singles and sold 65 million records over his 50 year career.
The singer songwriter was one of the architects of Rock and Roll along with bandleader and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew. The two teamed up in 1949 and wrote "The Fat Man", which became a million seller and some historians say may be the first Rock and Roll song. From there the duo went on to record dozens of hits including "Blueberry Hill", "Ain't That A Shame" and "I'm Walkin," to name a few.
In 1986 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in '87 he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.
Domino was a life long New Orleanian who lived in the lower 9th ward off of Caffin Street until Hurricane Katrina.
Domino was married to Rosemary Hall, who passed away in 2008. The couple had eight children. The family released the following statement:
"We are all touched by the outpouring of love and tribute for our father. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. His music reached across all boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world.
"…Then I rock myself to sleep
Prayin' that I am here to keep
Then I ride the rising sun
Gee ain't I being a lucky one
'Rising Sun'(Domino) ©1960 EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.
"We thank you for allowing us to grieve privately during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are pending."
Source: Fats Domino's Official website