Ellis Marsalis

A specific cause of death was not noted but there have been reports that Marsalis passed away from pneumonia brought on by COVID-19. Marsalis had been tested for the disease but at the time of his passing, the results of that test were not known. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Contrell said in a statement released Wednesday night,

Four of Marsalis' six sons have followed in his musical footsteps. Wynton Marsalis is managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Another son, Branford is a widely acclaimed saxophonist. His sons Jason and Delfeayo are also acclaimed performers in the genre as well.