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Fats Domino, rock 'n' roll pioneer and New Orleans hero, is dead at 89

Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll - and one of its last surviving founding members - died early Tuesday. He was 89.

According to the Associated Press, Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, La., coroner's office, said Domino died of natural causes. New Orleans TV station WWL-TV first reported the news and said Domino died at home surrounded by family.

Fueled by archetypal 1950s hits such as "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame," "I'm Walkin'" and his version of "My Blue Heaven," Domino's music gave the nascent genre a shot of rhythm and blues and boogie woogie from his native New Orleans. And he was often credited as proving that the piano had a vital place in rock 'n' roll.

In the '50s, Domino was one of the biggest stars in popular music, selling more records in that decade than anyone except Elvis

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