Ask just about anyone in the Central Upper Peninsula about Goofus and you're likely to hear a story about the man who plays his unique polka-cello one-man-band instrument at a parade or small bar. Sadly, Goofus has recently passed away.

WLUC reports that Goofus, who's real name was Alan Ammesmaki, died unexpectedly this week.

His Polka-Cello, a stick equipped with bells, whistles and other musical instruments, was one-of-a-kind and he used it to entertain thousands over the years.

His sudden death Tuesday has caught many off-guard including his friends and family. The cause is unknown at this time.

Goofus was a fixture around the Marquette County cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming.

If you never had the chance to know Goofus or hear him play his polka-chello. Here are a few videos to make the introduction:

4th of July - Ishpeming

Hickey's Bar - Ishpeming

Under the Radar Michigan

[h/t reddit]