Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton John and Barbra Streisand are among the stars mourning the loss of top music producer Phil Ramone following his death on Saturday (30Mar13).

Ramone, who won 14 Grammy Awards during his career, passed away on Saturday (30Mar13) at a hospital in New York City aged 79, weeks after suffering an aortic aneurysm.

He was famed for his work with the world's top music stars and some of his most high-profile collaborators have spoken out to pay tribute to the producer/sound engineer following his passing.

Wonder says of Ramone's death, "What a heart break to all of us who knew him and loved him. What a great man, what a kind spirit, such an incredible producer. The star of stars behind the stars. Phil will be missed always. Truly a tragic loss for us on earth but what a wonderful blessing for heaven."

Franklin says in a statement, "This is so shocking... Truly one of the great names in music has gone on, but the melodies will remain."

Streisand, who worked with Ramone on her famous film A Star Is Born, adds, "Phil had impeccable musical taste, great ears and the most gentle way of bringing out the best in all the artists he worked with. The monumental recordings he produced will endure for all time."

Quincy Jones, who worked closely with Ramone over the years, says, "There aren't enough words to express how heavy my heart is with the news of the passing of my dear friend and brother Phil Ramone... Phil was a collaborator in the studio and a friend in life for more than 50 years.. I will miss him terribly."

Sir Elton John adds, "(He was) a friend, a musical genius and the most lovable person. It was a thrill for me to have worked with Phil, and I have so many wonderful memories."

Ramone's death also prompted an outpouring on Twitter.com, with stars including Diane Warren, Josh Groban, John Legend, Gloria Estefan and Bette Midler all adding tributes on the social networking website.

Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed his upcoming second album has been produced by Ramone and he has decided to dedicate the record to his collaborator, writing, "Today the music business and the world lost a music icon in Phil Ramone. I am honoured that I had the opportunity to work with him on my forthcoming album, which I dedicate to him."