Music legend J. Geils found dead in his Groton home

by Robert Mills

Blues, jazz and rock musician J Geils was found dead in his home on Graniteville Road Tuesday afternoon, according to police, who say it appears the 71-year-old died of natural causes.

Groton Police Chief Donald Palma said in a press release that police were sent to Geils' home to conduct a well-being check about 4 p.m. Geils was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Palma said.

Palma said Groton police are investigating the death, as they do all unattended deaths, but that no foul play is suspected.

"A preliminary investigation indicates Geils died of natural causes, " Palma said in a press release.

Geils was born in New York City and rose to fame after studying at Northeastern University and then the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

It was in Worcester that he helped form the J Geils Band, which released its debut album in 1970. The bands biggest hits came in the 1980s, when they released the albums Love Stinks and Freeze Frame. The band broke up in 1985.

Geils got out of music for a time, but formed the band Bluestime with former J Geils Band partner Magic Dick in the 1990s. Geils often played local music venues such as the Bull Run Inn in Shirley and the Groton Inn in his hometown.

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