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.”

RIP.

https://twitter.com/#!/charliespiering/status/192992780006600705

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Other musicians paid tribute on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/#!/adamlevine/status/193088127563333632

https://twitter.com/#!/dariusrucker/status/193074435085959169

https://twitter.com/#!/shelbylynne_68/status/193095888615391233

https://twitter.com/#!/michellebranch/status/193077653450928128

https://twitter.com/#!/martinamcbride/status/193071707882397696

https://twitter.com/#!/Slash/status/193094649026592768

https://twitter.com/#!/billybragg/status/193088819900325890

https://twitter.com/#!/questlove/status/193090970013806592

https://twitter.com/#!/JoeWalsh/status/193093810182557697