Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of musical icon Fats Domino:

“The passing of Fats Domino is a great loss to music fans across Louisiana and the world.  To this day, he is adored by people of all ages, from all walks of life and musicians from all genres.  That is a testament to his skills as a pianist and as a songwriter.  Known as a legend and one of the greatest recording artists of all times, there’s no denying that when he played a song he transformed it into something spectacular.  Our hearts are heavy today, but we will always remember his love for life and New Orleans through his iconic music. Donna and I send our prayers and condolences to his family.”