Most notably for me is Layne Staley's passing. My big love for Mad Season aside, Alice in Chains have been one of my favourite bands for as long as I can remember. Without Layne the music is just not the same for me - no matter how talented and similar-sounding their current singer is, something is just missing.
And that's Layne:
The next, and most widely-popular I'm sure, is Kurt Cobain. Enough has been said about his death that there isn't much more to say. Music fans all over the world were rocked to their core when the news hit, it affected the masses greatly.
But as the saying goes... "It's better to burn out than to fade away":
And then there is Jim Marshall. The Father of Loud, the amp pioneer.
For those musicians who will be using a Marshall amp today, be sure to turn it up to 11.
To all who have passed on April 5th, rest in peace.