Booker T. Jones is leading tributes from the music world for bass player Donald 'DUCK' DUNN, who died on Sunday (13May12).
The bassist was found dead in his hotel room in Tokyo, Japan. He was 70.
Jones, who played with Dunn in Booker T. & the M.G.'s., took to Twitter.com to honour his pal, writing, "Thank you all for your prayers and condolences. Rip Donald 'Duck' Dunn."
Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash also tweeted, "Donal (sic) 'Duck' Dunn was one of the greatest side & session, blues, R&B, soul bassists of all time. Rip."
Dunn's close pal Bill Wyman, former bassist for the Rolling Stones, was also heartbroken by the news - a post on the rocker's website reads, "Bill says he was saddened to hear of his friend's passing, and Bill and Donald both were in touch daily. Bill has known Donald since the 1970s, and had been emailing Donald the day before his death."
A tribute posted on Tom Petty's Twitter page reads, "He will be dearly missed," while the Rolling Stones offer, "Rip Donald 'Duck' Dunn, inspirational and incredibly gifted bass player. Condolences to all who loved him," and Nickelback add, "Rip Donald 'Duck' Dunn. You inspired countless people with your gift of music. Heartfelt condolences to your family, friends and fans."
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