The legendary musician and producer passed away on Monday night (05Aug13) at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 67 after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
The news sent a shockwave through the music industry, and his famous friends and fans were quick to pay tribute to the Grammy-winning star who helped create hits for musicians including Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
Pop superstar Timberlake hailed Duke as his inspiration, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Rip George Duke. Funk, Jazz, Music legend... One of the greatest," while Chic star Rodgers mourned the loss of a friend, adding, "George Duke Rip my co-music director Montreux Jazz (Festival) 2006 - Your funk made us 'Reach For It'."
R&B superstar Baker writes, "R.I.P. George Duke, legendary jazz/funk keyboardist/producer," and songwriter Diane Warren offers, "So sorry to hear of the passing of George Duke. Thank U (sic) for the music. Legend."
Other stars who have posted tributes to Duke include Janelle Monae, Holly Robinson Peete and Josh Groban.