EASTON, Conn. -- Blues icon and Easton resident Johnny Winter was found dead in his hotel room near Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was 70.
Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1944 and is best known for his slide guitar and vocals. His rise to stardom began in earnest in 1968 when he signed with Columbia Records.
Winter's first release, a self-titled album, came in 1969 and featured his brother, Edgar on keyboard.
The success of the album, along with previously released recordings allowed Winter and his band to perform at several high-profile rock festivals, including Woodstock.
In the 1970s, Winter went on to produce albums for one of his idols, Muddy Waters, and win three Grammys in the process.
Winter has an album featuring artists such as Eric Clapton and Ben Harper scheduled for release in early September, the Chicago Tribune said.
Swiss authorities have ordered an autopsy as the cause of death remains unclear, the Tribune reported. Authorities believe Winter's death is the result of a medical condition at this time, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Winter had been on tour in Europe, with a performance last week in Austria.