J. Geils, co-founder and guitarist of The J. Geils Band dead at 71

John Warren Geils Jr., also known professionally as J. Geils

There is sad news coming out of Massachusetts this evening as WCVB Channel 5 is reporting that Boston music legend J. Geils has died. He was 71.

WCVB broke the news around 7 p.m. local time.

Geils, born John Warren Geils Jr. and known professionally as J. Geils, was reportedly found dead in his home in Groton, Massachusetts. Early reports state he died of natural causes.

Geils was the co-founder, former guitarist, and namesake of The J. Geils Band, most known for a raucous blues-led live show and sound as well as commercial hits like “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks,” and “Freeze Frame.”