Blues Great John Lee Hooker Dead At 83

Blues legend John Lee Hooker died in his sleep of natural causes Thursday morning (June 21) at his home in the San Francisco Bay area. He was 83.

During the span of his 60-year career, Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones (who opened for him in 1961), Bonnie Raitt and ZZ Top, and inspired music fans around the world.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

Funeral and memorial arrangements will be announced shortly.

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