Elvis Presley’s legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87.
The talented musician, who was Elvis’ last remaining band member, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday.
The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana, played on a number of Elvis’ iconic hits from 1954 to 1968, including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel, and was instrumental in his global success.
Sad news: Elvis Presley’s legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87
Fontana’s son David made the devastating announcement in an emotional Facebook post.
‘I told everyone that I would keep you posted. My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight.
‘He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.’
DJ Fontana began his career alongside Elvis, who died in 1977, at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana (L), played on a number of Elvis’ iconic hits including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel and was instrumental in his global success – Pictured 1968
The iconic studio also took to Facebook to offer their condolences: ‘We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of legendary drummer D.J. Fontana. The band is all back together now.’