R&B legend Allen Toussaint died at the age of 77

0,,18841194_303,00R&B legend Allen Toussaint died at the age of 77 after suffering two heart attacks.

The legendary New Orleans R&B songwriter and producer, known for hit songs such as “Working in the coalmine” and “Southern Nights” – suffered a heart attack shortly after performing on stage at Madrid’s Teatro Lara on Monday night, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Toussaint was discovered in his hotel room and resuscitated but suffered a second heart attack while being taken to the Jimenez Diaz Foundation Hospital here where he was pronounced dead on arrival, a spokesperson has confirmed, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The musician was due to play at London’s Jazz Festival on Sunday among other concert dates.

During his career, Toussaint worked with some of the greats of popular music, including Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones.

Since news of his passing broke, several stars have paid tribute to the iconic musician.

The Rolling Stones posted a short message on their Twitter account alongside a video of the song “Fortune teller”, which Toussaint wrote for the band.

They simply wrote: “RIP Allen Toussaint (sic)”

Actor-and-musician Hugh Laurie tweeted: “Allen Toussaint. Poor old world, lucky old heaven.”

The American musician got his first break stepping in for Huey Smith at the age 17 performing with Earl King’s band in Prichard, Alabama.

He is survived by his two children, son Clarence and daughter Alison, who both acted as his managers.

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