Legendary jazz musician, Ellis Marsalis Jr has died.
According to CNN, Marsalis died from complications of coronavirus. He was 85. Marsalis, a pianist, and educator died on Wednesday, April 1.
His son Branford Marsalis told the New York Times that he died from complications of COVID-19.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Campbell and Jazz at Lincoln Center, announced his death on Twitter.
“Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement Wednesday night. “He was a teacher, a father, and an icon — and words aren’t sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed the world”