Elvis Presleys drummer Ronnie Tutt dies as tributes to legend pour in

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Ronnie Tutt, Elvis Presley's drummer, has died aged 83 – as tributes begin to pour in for legendary percussionist.

The star's death was confirmed in an Instagram post on the page of Elvis Presley's former home, Graceland, via the page @visitgraceland.

The statement posted on the Instagram page read: "All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt.

"In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis’ Birthday and many other special occasions.

"Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis’ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the globe through later Elvis in Concert shows and performances."

The statement continued: "Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis’ 1969 Las Vegas opening – and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.

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"Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others."

The statement concluded: "Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members – and to his fans around the world. He will be deeply missed by all of us."

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Tributes from fans quickly flooded the social media post, with one fan writing: "He was a Great drummer, and will be missed."

Another said: "RIP Ronnie, thank you for all you did!!!"

Ronnie was born in Dallas, Texas on March 12, 1938.

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