John Warren Geils Jr., the artist known professionally as J. Geils, was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts, home on Tuesday evening. He was 71. WCVB TV reports that he was found unresponsive by police when they responded to his house for a well-being check.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected at this time. Geils was best known for founding the '80s rock group The J. Geils Band. Their album Freeze Frame contained the song "Centerfold," which hit #1 for six weeks. Geils' bandmate Peter Wolf paid tribute to the guitarist on Facebook last night by writing, "Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P Jay Geils."
Source: USA Today