Grammy winning New Orleans musician Dr. John dead at 77

The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died.

He was 77.
   
 A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack.
    
His spooky ``Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya'' slithered onto the pop-dominated market in 1968, startling listeners with its sinister implications of other-worldly magic.
    
In a career marked by drug addiction, he later had a Top 10 hit with ``Right Place, Wrong Time.''

He collaborated with numerous top-tier rockers, won multiple Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.