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Pat DiNizio and the Smithereens(Photo: COURTESY OF The Smithereens)

Like the Smithereens song, it was a day of drowning in tears.

Musicians, celebs, music fans and hometown friends are mourning the passing of Pat DiNizio, the lead singer of the Smithereens who died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the age of 62.

They ranged from famous musicians who cited DiNizio as an influence, to fans who met DiNizio at one time, and subsequently spent a few moments with the gregarious rocker.

DiNizio lived in his hometown of Scotch Plains.

More: Pat DiNizio, voice of the Smithereens, has died

"I was fortunate to get a chance to meet him once and have a long conversation about – mostly normal stuff," tweeted one fan. "He was generous with his fans, and his lyrics always spoke to me in ways that few other song writers can."

Sad to hear about #PatDiNizio – I was fortunate to get a chance to meet him once and have a long conversation about – mostly normal stuff. He was generous with his fans, and his lyrics always spoke to me in ways that few other song writers can. Hell of an entertainer. RIP.

— Grave Robin (@Swoopy) December 14, 2017

Rocker John Eddie related to DiNizio's "twisted pop songs."

"Another good one gone," Eddie tweeted. "I had the pleasure of playing shows with Pat DiNizio and he was always a gentleman. He was a great writer of dark, twisted pop songs. I could relate. I hope he finds everything he dreamed of behind the wall of sleep. Rest in peace and God bless…luv je"

Another good one gone. I had the pleasure of playing shows with Pat DiNizio and he was always a gentleman. He was a great writer of dark, twisted pop songs. I could relate. I hope he finds everything he dreamed of behind the wall of sleep. Rest in peace and God bless…luv je pic.twitter.com/Hd2LmSrIzE

— John Eddie (@JohnEddieMusic) December 13, 2017

Suzanne Vega‏, who dueted with DiNizio on the band hit "In a Lonely Place," expressed her condolences. She performed the song with DiNizio at the rocker's 60th birthday party at the Scotch Plains Italian-American Hall in 2015.

Lost a good friend last night. #RIP Pat DiNizio. I’ve known him so long! Here’s a song we did… https://t.co/Wl9J46LTU6

— Suzanne Vega (@suzyv) December 13, 2017

There has always been much talk about the bands who influenced the Smithereens, but less talk about who the Smithereens influenced. The late Kurt Cobain said members of Nirvana were listening to the Smithereens during the making of the classic, "Nevermind." A retweet by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic underscored that on Wednesday.

"We had one tape we listened to in the van… On one side was the Smithereens… That tape was always getting played, turned over and over again. I think back now and go, 'Yeah, maybe that was an influence.'" — @KristNovoselic

RIP Pat DiNizio

— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) December 13, 2017

Vernon Reid‏ of Living Colour cited the Smithereens classic "Drown In My Own Tears" to express his sorrow.

"This song encapsulates the emotions I feel at the news of the death of the under appreciated singer-songwriter guitarist Pat DiNizio," Reid said. "Those of us who really heard you knew you were The Best. UnSung."

The Smithereens – Drown In My Own Tears https://t.co/CPP3d3wbFJ via @YouTube
This song encapsulates the emotions I feel at the news of the death of the under appreciated singer-songwriter guitarist Pat DiNizio. Those of us who really heard you knew you were The Best. UnSung.
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— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) December 13, 2017

Members of the E Street Band, including Stevie Van Zandt and Garry Tallent, expressed condolences.

Very sad to hear of Pat’s passing. A good friend for many years. Condolences to his family, friends and Dennis, Jim and Mike. https://t.co/WSrsWSnzM5

— Garry Tallent (@gwtallent) December 13, 2017

DiNizio finally rocked the political world. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2000 as a Reform Party candidate with a motto of "Rock Politics Jersey Style." He lost to Jon Corzine but he did get several thousand votes.

On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy expressed his condolences.

"The music in New Jersey is a little quieter today with the passing of Smithereens’ frontman Pat DiNizio, who wrote memorable riffs and proudly called Scotch Plains home," Murphy tweeted. "Condolences to his family, bandmates, and everyone who loved his music."

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