JOHN LEE HOOKER R.I.P.

The Blues legend dies in his sleep in San Francisco...

Blues legend JOHN LEE HOOKER has died in his sleep at the age of 83.

According to a statement from the Hooker family on the late songwriter’s agent’s website, Hooker died at his home in San Francisco on the evening on June 20.

The statement reads: “John Lee Hooker, the greatest of all bluesmen passed away peacefully in his sleep last night (June 20) at his home in the San Francisco Bay area, at the age of 83. Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians and inspired music fans around the world during his sixty-year career. He was loved dearly by millions and we will all miss him greatly. Funeral and memorial arrangements will be announced shortly. We thank everyone for their kind wishes and condolences.

The John Lee Hooker Family.”

The singer, who is best known in the UK for his song ‘Boom Boom’, was performing up to his death, with his last concert taking place at last Saturday (June 16) in Santa Rosa, California, according to MTV news.

No memorial details have yet been confirmed, although it is anticipated that details of public memorials will be made available via [url=]www.rosebudus.com.

Hooker‘s blues sound is an acknowledged influence on bands including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. His career lasted almost sixty years, with his first hit single, ‘Boogie Chillen’, being released in 1948.

Speaking about his death, Hooker‘s manager Mike Kappus paid tribute. He commented: “He was a unique individual, one of the last of the original Mississippi Delta bluesmen, and he impacted rock and roll more than most people will ever know. He loved his fans and wanted to keep playing until the end, and he did exactly that.”