John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist known as J. Geils, who rose to fame through his hit single “Centerfold” was found dead at the age of 71. He was the founder and member of the J. Geils Band, an American rock band formed in 1968 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Reports say that he was found dead by the Groton, MA Police Department in his Groton, MA home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 after they were called to perform a wellness check on him. He was declared dead at the scene.
Groton, MA Police Chief Donald Palma says that at approximately 4 p.m., Groton PD responded to J. Geils’ home for a well-being check, and that upon arrival, police officers found him unresponsive. J. Geils began his music career with the formation of the J. Geils Band in 1968, and stayed active in the music scene from then to 1985, when the band broke up. He took to performing again in the years 1999, 2005, and 2006, and then again from 2009-2015. This year, the J. Geils band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time in their career, but ultimately were not selected as part of the 2017 class.
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