The songwriter has died aged 74

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A flood of tributes have been paid to Leon Russell, who died on Saturday [November 12].

His wife, Jan Bridges, released the following statement:

“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.”

Elton John – who collaborated with Russell on the 2010 album The Union – called him a “mentor, inspiration”.

Other tributes came from a cross section of musicians including Booker T Jones, Steve Martin, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Chaka Khan, Okkervil River, Nathan Followill and Whoopi Goldberg.

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