Earlier this week, East Village icon David Peel was in critical condition after suffering a major heart attack. Today, David Peel has sadly passed away. He was 73.

Tributes are already pouring in. Via Beatlesheadlines.blogspot.com, Peel's friend (and Applelog author) Jeff S. Levy wrote, "My own artistic growth, musically and otherwise, could not have taken on the shape it has had I not met David Peel. He had been a direct and wonderful assault on my senses. I can't think him enough. I wouldn't know where to begin."

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Rest in peace, David Peel. You'll be missed.

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