Groton Police: Boston rock legend J. Geils dies at 71

GROTON, Mass. (WHDH/AP) — Groton Police confirm they are investigating the death of Boston rock legend John Warren Giles Jr., better known as J. Geils, the founder of the J. Geils Band.

Police said they were called to a house on Graniteville Road for a well-being check at around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Foul play is not suspected and a preliminary investigation indicates Geils died of natural causes. He was 71 years old.

Groton Police say they investigate all unattended deaths as standard procedure.

The J. Geils Band, known for songs such as “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame, ” was founded in 1967 in Worcester while Geils was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The band released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985. They reunited off and on until recent years.

Former bandmate Peter Wolf posted a tribute to Geils on his Facebook page:

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