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.”
A great American guitar slinger: J Geils, passed away today..
Rock in Peace. pic.twitter.com/3IZGCmXSJt
— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) April 11, 2017