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Fats Domino, the major key to rock 'n roll, dead at 89

The legend, who Elvis Presley once admitted was "the real king of rock ’n’ roll,” died of natural causes.

Fats Domino, the amiable New Orleans-bred rock singer who became the walking paradigm of boogie-woogie with his 88-keys, died on Tuesday (October 24) at 89.

Domino died of natural causes, according to an investigator at the Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana.

Born Antoine Domino Jr., the rock and roll pioneer blessed an entire culture with his piano-based hits — such as"Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That A Shame," and "Blue Monday." His 1949 song "The Fat Man" has long been credited as the first rock 'n roll song ever. If that's not enough, Domino is a member of the first class of Rock Hall inductees, which also included Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and more. In fact, a quote from Presley to Jet Magazine in 1957 fittingly sums up the gravity of Domino's influence.

"A lot of people seem to think I started this business," Presley told the mag. "But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that."

The passing of Domino has spawned a stream of reactions, notable stories, and tributes from fans on social media.

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