The Groton Police Department released a statement to Et confirming the news of the rocker's death. Officers performing a well-being check on the artist located Geils, who was unresponsive and was later declared dead on the scene.
Authorities reported that their "preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes." Police are investigating, however foul play is not suspected.
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Born John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist formed The J. Geils Band while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Geils teamed up with bassist Danny "Dr. Funk" Klein and harmonic player Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz in 1967.
The group saw early success with their forays into blues rock, but exploded in popularity in the 1980s, when they began focusing on mainstream new wave rock.
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