AUSTIN (KXAN) – A musician widely regarded as one of the founders of Austin’s Live Music Capital of the World nickname, Jerry Jeff Walker, has passed away at 78, according to different outlets.
Walker, best known for the folk / country song “Mr. Bojangles”, has reportedly suffered from throat cancer and pneumonia for years, although no cause of death has been identified at this time.
Austin City Limits paid tribute to Walker in a tweet on Saturday morning.
Born Ronald Clyde Crosby in 1942, the New York native was a fixture on the Greenwich Village folk scene before migrating to Austin, where he worked with national and Texas stars such as Willie Nelson.
According to country music storeWalker leaves behind his wife and manager Susan, daughter Jessie Jane and son Django Walker.