Legendary rock DJ Jim Ladd has died, aged 75.

The disc jockey and host of SiriusXM’s traditional rock radio station died on Sunday (December 17) at his dwelling in Los Angeles. The information of his passing was shared by the radio station, which took to X/Twitter to share a press release with followers.

“Radio icon Jim Ladd, who for over 50 years championed traditional rock and interviewed lots of the best artists in his Los Angeles studios and on SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks channel, handed away on Sunday, December 17,’ the replace learn.

His colleague, Meg Griffin, additionally confirmed the information at first of his free-form music present Deep Tracks yesterday (December 18).

Ladd launched his profession in radio again within the ‘60s, and went on to become a highly influential figure in the music industry. His first job was at a small rock station in Long Beach called KNAC, before he later moved to stations in Los Angeles including KLOS and KMET. The latter saw him become recognised by listeners as ‘The Mighty Met’.

From there, he took the position as host for the KLSX station, earlier than famously becoming a member of SiriusXM again in 2012 – internet hosting the traditional rock station for over a decade till his loss of life.

In addition to his DJ roles, Ladd was often known as the inspiration behind Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 2002 album ‘The Last DJ’, and later acquired a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his achievements.

Following information of his loss of life, quite a few well-known faces from the leisure world have taken to social media to pay their respects to the DJ. These embrace The Doorways’ on-line accounts, who described Ladd as having an “electric persona and cool voice” and being “an essential part of the culture of rock & roll”.

“Jim’s legendary interviews with Ray, John and Robby on The Doors and Morrison were later released as NO ONE HERE GETS OUT ALIVE, which still stands as the most definitive interview in the history of the group,” it added. “Rest easy, Mr. Ladd.”

Fellow SiriusXM radio host Eric Alper additionally paid tribute, writing: “There goes the last DJ who plays what he wants to play and says what he wants to say.” Rock writer Greg Renoff, in the meantime, acknowledged that he was “so sad” to listen to of the loss and shared footage from one among Ladd’s interviews.

The official Tom Petty X/Twitter web page added: “Tom respected and admired Jim Ladd and considered him a friend. He inspired the song ‘The Last DJ’ and his insights into rock and roll were priceless. Jim’s voice will be missed on the airwaves. Our family joins his in mourning his loss.”

Equally, Peter Frampton shared a message too, writing: “Our entire family are so saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Ladd. He was our good friend always a champion of great music. A special man with a huge passion for music. Our thoughts are with his wife, Helene and family. Love you Jim.”

Discover extra tributes to the DJ under.

In addition to having a prolific profession in music, Ladd additionally took on numerous roles throughout the movie trade too – together with the position of an all-night DJ in Cameron Crowe’s 1989 movie Say Something….

He additionally went on to have cameos in main movement photos comparable to Tequila Dawn, Rush, She’s Out of Management, and Defendor starring Woody Harrelson, in addition to sharing the semi-autobiographical ebook Radio Waves: Life And Revolution On The FM Dial in 1991.

He’s survived by his spouse, Helene Hodge-Ladd.