Jazz Legend Ellis Marsalis Dies at 85

April 1, 2020

New Orleans jazz musician Ellis Marsalis has died. He was 85.

The renowned pianist and educator had been hospitalized for coronavirus and was awaiting the results of the test, reported NOLA.com.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement on his passing.

"Ellis Marsalis was a legend," she said. "He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched. He was a teacher, a father, and an icon ... This loss cuts us deeply."

Marsalis was the patriarch of a musical family that included sons Brandord Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis.

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