Sad news this morning out of England where we’re seeing reports that music producer and “fifth Beatle” George Martin has passed away at age 90.

Ringo Starr was the first to announce the news on Twitter:

And Paul McCartney later posted a statement on his website:

I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

The rest here:

More condolences and memories from around Twitter: