Allen Toussaint's Death Mourned by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones & More

David Redfern/Redferns
Photo of Allen Toussaint from 1990's. 

The music world lost a giant on Monday: Allen Toussaint was not only a music legend, but a friend and inspiration to many other artists. The songwriter, composer, producer and musician died at age 77 in Madrid.

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Those lucky enough to call him a collaborator, mentor and friend were saddened by the news. See what they had to say about the iconic musician:

"I'm still in shock and heartbroken after hearing of the news of the passing of my longtime friend, brother in music, teacher, mentor and most gentle person you'll ever meet, Allen Toussaint. He was a true musical treasure and legend that New Orleans shared with the world. Thank you Allen for all the music, good times and the legacy you leave behind for everyone to continue to enjoy. Rest in Peace. 

Peace & Love,"

-- Art "Poppa Funk" Neville

"Music lovers around the world today are mourning the passing of the legendary Allen Toussaint. He was one of the architects of rhythm and blues; a writer of many of America's most well-known and beloved early rock and roll songs. I had the pleasure of hosting him at the Aspen Songwriters Festival some years ago and was honored to be able to perform with him and witness his inspired one man show. Sending love to his family and friends around the world - he will be missed by millions, but his music will never die."

-- John Oates


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