Tributes pour in as much loved musician dies

Ronnie Hawkins, the Arkansas-born rockabilly star who mentored young Canadian and American musicians who went on to be known as the Band, has died aged 87.

His death after an illness was confirmed by his wife Wanda on Sunday to The Canadian Press.

‘He went peacefully and he looked as handsome as ever’, she said.

Among those paying tribute to the singer and musician was the Band’s Robbie Robertson, who praised him as teaching him and his bandmates ‘the rules of the road’.

‘Ronnie was the godfather. The one who made this all happen,’ he wrote on Twitter.

He added: ‘He was not only a great artist, tremendous performer and bandleader, but had a style of humor unequaled. Fall down funny and completely unique. Yep, God only made one of those. And he will live in our hearts for ever.

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