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President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday morning praising Pete Seeger as a force for music and social justice. The folk hero, one of America's most important figures of the 20th century, died yesterday in New York at 94.

"Once called 'America's tuning fork,' Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community -- to stand up for what's right, speak out against what's wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. Over the years, Pete used his voice -- and his hammer -- to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayer to Pete's family and all those who loved him."

Other prominent political figures are beginning to chime in, including a former president and both of Seeger's senators in New York.

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