'Legendary' Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh dead at 68

Bob Walsh, a Quebec City-born musician recognized as one of the province's leading blues artists, died Tuesday in Montreal.

Walsh had suffered heart attack earlier this month

Bob Walsh was born in 1947 to an anglophone family in Quebec City. He died yesterday in Montreal. (Les productions bros.)

Bob Walsh, a Quebec City-born musician recognized as one of the province's leading blues artists, died Tuesday in Montreal. 

He was 68.

Walsh died at Notre-Dame hospital following a heart attack earlier this month, SIX Media Marketing, the firm that handled his press relations, said in a Facebook post.

He had been hospitalized numerous times over the past few months.

Several shows on his most recent tour, which began last year, had to be postponed while he dealt with his health problems.

Born in 1947 to an anglophone family in Quebec City, Walsh released 11 albums in over 40 years, including his latest, After the Storm, in April 2015.

He performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival 17 times since 1984.

"The Quebec blues scene lost one of its legendary figures," said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard on his Twitter account.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said via his Twitter account that flags at city hall will be lowered to half mast in Walsh's honour.

with files from Radio-Canada and The Canadian Press