The Hammond organ maestro has died aged 79.

Dr Lonnie Smith has passed away from pulmonary fibrosis. The musician died in his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today (28 September). The news was confirmed by Blue Note Records, a label that’s released several of Smith’s albums including Turning Point and Think! The label posted the statement: “We’re deeply saddened to announce that Hammond B3 organ legend Dr Lonnie Smith passed away today at 79 years old.” [sic]

“Doc was one of the funkiest and most inventive organists to ever walk the earth and we were proud to bring this remarkable man’s joyous music to fans all over the world.” [sic]

Smith was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2017. This year, the musician shared his collaborations with Iggy Pop. The pair released their cover of Sunshine Superman in March, and Smith shared the Iggy Pop-featuring track Move Your Hand earlier this month.