Legendary radio presenter and DJ, John Peel, died suddenly yesterday while on a working holiday in Peru. He suffered a massive heart attack.
Since the news broke, tributes have poured in from musicians and music lovers worldwide - he earned their loyalty for his cutting-edge taste, dry wit and willingness to experiment in sounds. The BBC news Web site received 30,000 messages from users yesterday in tribute to the man.
Glastonbury Festival this morning announced its memorial to Peel: its new bands stage is to be renamed 'The John Peel Stage'. Peel was just 65-years old.
iTunes Music Store users have also moved to mark the passing of the legendary personality, with five iMixes dedicated to him now present on the front page of Apple's iMix Web site.
One of the first Radio 1 DJs in 1967, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft (born August 30, 1939), was known professionally as John Peel.
He was named DJ of the year by Melody Maker eleven times; was declared Sony Broadcaster of the Year in 1993; received NME's 'Godlike Genius Award' in 1994; was a Sony Gold Award winner in 2002 and is a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. He was appointed an OBE in 1998.
You can read more about John Peel on the BBC Web site.