The founding member of The J. Geils Band, John Warren Geils Jr. was found dead today at his Massachusetts home. He was 71.
The J. Geils Band was formed in 1967 but had their biggest success in the 1980s with hits such as “Love Stinks,” “Centerfold,” and “Freeze Frame.”
The band broke up in 1985 but re-formed in 2009 without Geils, who ended up suing his ex-band mates over the use of his name.
TMZ is reporting the death was not suspicious and The Boston Herald reports he died of natural causes.
Below is the release from the Groton, MA Police Department:
Chief Donald Palma reports that the Groton Police Department is investigating an unattended death that occurred today at a residence in town. At approximately 4 p.m., Groton Police responded to a home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check. Upon arrival to the house, police located a man who was unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene.
The man is identified as John Warren Geils Jr., age 71, of Groton (better known as J. Geils), who was the homeowner. The Groton Police Department is investigating the death, as is standard procedure in all unattended deaths, however foul play is not suspected at this time. A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes. No further information will be released at this time.
Thanks for the great music, J!
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) April 12, 2017