Fats Domino was missing today, days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, said his longtime agent, Al Embry.
Embry told The Associated Press that he hadn’t been able to contact Domino since talking to him Sunday evening by phone.
The 77-year-old R&B legend, whose real name is Antoine Domino, told Embry that he planned to stay at his New Orleans house with his wife, Rosemary, and their daughter.
Checquoline Davis, Domino’s niece, posted a message on Craigslist.com Thursday pleading for information. Davis wrote that Domino, his wife, their children and grandchildren “didn’t get out” of the second floor.
Domino, who has rarely appeared in public in recent years, has a home in the 9th ward, a low-lying area of the flooded city.
But good news arrived late today: One of rock ‘n’ roll’s chief architects has been rescued from the rubble of New Orleans. Fats Domino, who had been unaccounted for in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was plucked from the flooded city by a helicopter late Thursday. He was reported to be in good condition.