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Fats Domino missing in New Orleans – now found

Rescuers help Fats Domino off a boat after he was rescued Monday from his New Orleans home.

UPDATE: Fats was found and evacuated on Monday.

No one had heard from him for days.

The 77-year-old musician, beloved for his boogie-woogie piano style and such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “Blueberry Hill,” has not been heard from since Sunday night, hours before Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, manager Al Embry said.

Embry told Reuters he spoke with Domino by telephone twice on Sunday, trying to persuade the singer to evacuate, but the musician insisted he was “going to try to ride out” the storm at home with his wife, Rosemary, and his youngest daughter. Embry, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, said friend and onetime country music star Mickey Gilley, a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, got on the phone with him at one point on Sunday and “tried to beg (Domino) to leave.”

Domino lives in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, which Embry said was believed to be underwater. Embry said he had received reports that Domino “might have been picked up on Tuesday night” and that he had been seen trying to flag down a passing boat near his house, but none of those accounts could be confirmed.

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