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

As one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Fats Domino blazed a singular path in the history of popular music. Pounding a piano and booming in a baritone both warm and conversational, he gave the nascent genre a shot of rhythm and blues, jazz and boogie woogie from his native New Orleans.

Fueled by archetypal 1950s hits such as "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame," "I'm Walkin'" and his version of "My Blue Heaven," he was also credited as proving that the piano had as vital a place in rock 'n' roll as the guitar.

Domino died early Tuesday at 89, leaving Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis as the last surviving architects of rock after Chuck Berry died in March.

Citing the coroner's office in Jefferson Parish, La., The Associated Press reported that Domino died of natural

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