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Bill Luckett, former Clarksdale mayor, gubernatorial candidate and co-owner of Ground Zero Blues Club, died Thursday, according to social media posts.

Luckett was 73. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Well-versed in blues history, Luckett opened Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, with Academy Award winning actor, director and narrator Morgan Freeman in May 2001, according to Clarksdale News.

A post on the club’s Facebook page announced it would be closed today in light of Luckett’s death. The club will reopen Saturday at 11 a.m.

“Please keep his family, our staff, and his friends in your thoughts. Bill, you will truly be missed,” the post reads.

A civil rights attorney who held a lifetime membership to the NAACP, Luckett was mayor of Clarksdale from 2013 to 2017. He ran as a Democratic candidate for the 2011 Mississippi Governor race where he finished second in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Luckett was a co-founder and longtime bard member of Pinetop Perkins Foundation the organization, according to the post.

“Bill was so very instrumental in the growth of the Foundation and with his help the Friday night showcase and the Crawfish Boil at his Ground Zero Blues club propelled our mission to the world,” officials said in the post.

Bill Luckett, left, and Morgan Freeman pose at their blues club, GroundZero, in Clarksdale, Miss., in this undated file photo. (File photo/AP)

Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons’ offered his condolences to Luckett’s wife, Francine, and the rest of the Luckett family in a statement posted to the city’s Facebook page.

“I am very sadden to hear that former Mayor Bill Luckett passed away tonight,” Simmons said. “Bill dedicated much of his life to serving the people of Clarksdale, representing his many legal clients around the state and entertaining blues lovers from around the world.”

This story may be updated.

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