Allen Toussaint dead at 77, after performance in Madrid

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) --  New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint has died at the age of 77.

Toussaint's family confirmed to WGNO, the musician was on tour in Madrid, Spain and suffered a heart attack shortly after his performance.

Toussaint was rushed to a hospital, where he passed away.

Born in New Orleans, Toussaint was as famous for his own music as he was for the sounds of so many others.

Toussaint wrote lyrics, composed and produced dozens of hits, including Working in the Coal Mine, Ride Your Pony, Fortune Teller, Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues), Southern Nights, Everything I do Gonna be Funky, I'll Take a Melody, Get Out of my Life, Woman and Mother-in-Law.

He was nominated for more than 30 Grammy Awards over the span of his career but never won for his own performances.

Below is a statement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

"I am heartbroken by the passing of jazz icon Allen Toussaint while he was on tour in Europe. Last year, Allen was honored with a NOLA Legends Award for his part in creating the history and shaping the future of New Orleans. He was an inspiring, prolific songwriter and performer whose unmistakable sound has forever defined our city's unique cultural heritage. Born and raised in the Gert Town neighborhood, Allen went on to travel the world and perform with many of today’s great musicians, but he always remembered his roots. He was a true ambassador of our city who carried our spirit everywhere he went. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time of grief.”

Below is a statement from former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial:

"Allen Toussaint was a pioneer and a visionary. He was a musical ambassador, largely responsible for infusing pop music around the world with a particular New Orleans flair.

"A true son of New Orleans, his spirit will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his children and grandchildren and all who have been blessed to know and work with him."