Jack Layton's Death Sparks Tributes from Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Billy Bragg

Jack Layton's Death Sparks Tributes from Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Billy Bragg
Today (August 22), Canadians woke up to the sad news that NDP leader Jack Layton passed away early this morning after losing his battle with cancer. Unsurprisingly, given the sudden death of such a beloved public figure, the Twitter tributes have been pouring in from around the world.

Many musicians have taken to the internet to express their sadness at the loss of the Canadian politician. Below, we have collected some of the tributes:

Tegan and Sara: "Read Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians. 'Let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.' http://t.co/h0xLXE3" [via Twitter]

Brasstronaut: "'RIP Jack Layton - a great loss for this country." [via Twitter]

Owen Pallett: "Shattered by Jack Layton's passing, he was #1 to everybody. Love and sympathy to Olivia and the Layton family." [via Twitter]

Broken Social Scene: "Saddened by the news of Jack Layton, a great leader who had so much more to do for our country. Rest in peace." [via Twitter]

Louise Burns: "Rest in Peace Jack Layton, truly devastating." [via Twitter]

Teen Daze: "Shocked to hear about the passing of Jack Layton. Prayers and condolences for his family today." [via Twitter]

Diamond Rings: "Let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic @jacklayton" [via Twitter]

Billy Bragg: "A sad day, both for Canada and for those of us on the Left: Jack Layton, leader of the NDP has passed away," [via Twitter]

The Rural Alberta Advantage: "A very sad day for Canada. RIP Jack Layton, and deepest sympathies to Olivia Chow and family." [via Twitter]

Jim Bryson: "So sad to wake up to the news of Jack Layton's passing this morning. A true loss for all of us." [via Twitter]

The Most Serene Republic: "R.I.P. Jack Layton. Canada has lost a great man." [via Twitter]

Little Girls: "RIP Jack Layton. This is a sad sad day." [via Twitter]

Grant Lawrence: "RIP Jack Layton. You were one of the great ones, restoring my faith that humanity can exist in Canadian politics." [via Twitter]