'80 icon J. Geils found dead in home at age 71
The '80s generation has lost another hero: The guitarist known as J. Geils has been found dead in his Massachusetts home at age 71, according to media reports.
The founder of the J. Geils Band was born John Warren Geils Jr. He formed the band that would become chart-toppers in the '80s with tunes like Centerfold, Love Stinks and Freeze Frame.
The cause of death remains unknown at this time, according to reports. He was found in his Groton, Mass., home, where he had lived for 35 years.
The band, which released its debut album in 1970 as the J. Geils Blues Band, broke up in 1985 after huge success in the charts and on MTV. After the breakup, Geils pursued an interest in auto racing. The band has reunited from time to time for short bursts of touring. They have been a finalist twice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including being nominated in 2016.