Koko Taylor, the Grammy Award-winning "Queen of the Blues," died Wednesday afternoon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of complications from surgery, according to Marc Lipkin of Alligator Records. She was 80.
Alligator reported on its Web site this afternoon that Taylor's final performance was on May 7 in Memphis at the Blues Music Awards, where she sang her hit "Wang Dang Doodle" after receiving her award for Traditional Blues Female Artist Of The Year.
Survivors include Taylor's husband, Hays Harris; daughter Joyce Threatt; son-in-law Lee Threatt, grandchildren Lee, Jr. and Wendy, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.
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