ELVIS Presley’s drummer and last remaining member of The King’s original band has died.
DJ Fontana passed away in his sleep last night aged, 87, according to an emotional Facebook post from his son.
David Fontana wrote: “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.”
Dominic Joseph Fontana, known as DJ, was born in 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He began playing the drums for Elvis in 1954 and worked with The King until 1968.
Fontana featured on the recording of a host of Presley’s biggest hits including Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel and Jailhouse Rock.
The Louisiana native also featured on Elvis’ iconic appearances on the Ed Sullivan show.
Tributes have poured in for the rock ‘n’ roll legend on social media.
Larry Pancake wrote: “I found out that DJ Fontana passed away tonight, he was Elvis’s first drummer and was in countless movies, recordings, and TV appearances with Elvis.
“Such a nice guy. Prayers for Karen Arrington Fontana and kids. #elvis”
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