Artists, musicians, officials react to death of Fats Domino

State and local officials and celebrities are remembering legendary musician Fats Domino after he passed away at the age of 89.

Born in New Orleans in 1928, singer and pianist Antoine “Fats” Domino was a superstar. From hit recording “The Fat Man,” which sold more than a half-million copies, to other favorites like “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t that a Shame” and “Blue Monday,” his sound was unmistakable.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called Fats Domino’s death “a great loss to music fans across Louisiana and the world.”

“To this day, he is adored by people of all ages, from all walks of life and musicians from all genres,” Edwards said in a statement. “That is a testament to his skills as a pianist and as a songwriter. Known as a legend and one of the greatest recording artists of all times, there’s no denying that when he played a song he transformed it into something spectacular.”

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Fats Domino a “world-class musician, known for his shaping of rock-n-roll as we know it.

“He was one of the most beloved pianists and singer-songwriters to come out of New Orleans. He paved the way musicians of all genres who would come behind him. On behalf of the people of New Orleans, I am eternally grateful for his life and legacy,” Landrieu said in a statement.

Harry Connick Jr. tweeted Wednesday that Fats helped pave the way for New Orleans piano players. Actor Wendell Pierce called the New Orleans music legend one of his heroes.

Scroll below for a look at reactions from other well-known artists:

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