Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70
Singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70.
Cocker, who was best known for his cover of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends' as well as his own hits 'You Are So Beautiful' and 'Up Where We Belong, died this afternoon after a long battle with lung cancer.
Born in Sheffield in 1940, Cocker's career began in the pubs and clubs of his home city. This continued until 1968 when his cover of The Beatles' classic became a hit, eventually gaining the Number One spot. He continued to release music for the rest of his life and was still touring until earlier this year.
His agent Barrie Marshall played tribute to the singer as he confirmed his death, saying in a statement: "He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain - and remained the same throughout his life. Hugely talented - a true star - but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him."
He continued: "We had the joy to work with this wonderful man for almost 30 years. We loved him and it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."