Earlier this week, news broke that The Band’s Levon Helm was in the final stages of his battle with throat cancer.
Helm, 71, passed away this afternoon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
“We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him,” said Larry Campbell, Helm’s longtime guitarist and band leader. “As sad as this was, it was very peaceful.”
Mark Salter writes a great tribute to Levon Helm today http://t.co/LWqWkVNY A must-read for fans
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) April 19, 2012
Other musicians paid tribute on Twitter.
Levon Helm. He was THE BEST. Music is gonna miss him. One of the humble gods of rock and roll. Rest in Peace.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) April 19, 2012
Sad to hear about Levon Helm. What an amazing musician.
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm…. One of the most inspirational cats who ever sang a note or picked up drumsticks… An aching in… http://t.co/KUoofSqm
— Shelby Lynne (@shelbylynne_68) April 19, 2012
aw. Bummer. R.I.P. Levon.
— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) April 19, 2012
Rest in peace Levon.
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) April 19, 2012
Levon Helms Was one of the greats in R n R. Been listening to him play & sing my whole life. Sad news indeed. RIP.
— Slash (@Slash) April 19, 2012
The greatest singing drummer that ever lived has fallen silent. RIP Levon Helm of The Band http://t.co/LXlm6Srb
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) April 19, 2012
damn. Levon Helm of The Band. Class Act all the way. made me feel like i was inventing the wheel when i was still a minion. RIP.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm – my brother. Thank you for the love, the music and all our memories. http://t.co/kE5L4vTC
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) April 19, 2012