In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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J. Geils

John Warren Geils Jr., better known as guitarist J. Geils of the J. Geils Band, was found unresponsive at his Groton, Massachusetts, home on April 11th; police later determined that he had died of natural causes. He was 71.

"Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils," vocalist Peter Wolf wrote in a post to Facebook shortly afterward.

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