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Ringo Starr pays tribute to singer Joe Cocker

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has offered a tribute to Joe Cocker, who has passed away at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Glasgow Archbishop: crash 'could hardly be more tragic'

Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia Credit: PA

Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said his "heart broke" for those caught up in the incident.

I was shocked and horrified to hear the news of this incident.

My heart breaks for all those who have been directly caught up in it as they go about their business just a few days before Christmas in the centre of Glasgow.

The circumstances could hardly be more tragic. I would ask any person of faith to pray for those who have died and their relatives and those who have been injured.

– Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia


Official statement on death of Joe Cocker

Sony Music have released a statement on Joe Cocker's death at the age of 70.

John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22, 2014 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. Mr. Cocker was 70 years old.

Joe Cocker was born 5/20/1944 in Sheffield, England where he lived until his early 20’s. In 2007 he was awarded the OBE by the Queen of England.

His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964 and continues till this day. Joe created nearly 40 albums and toured extensively around the globe.

– Sony Music statement

The statement added that Mr. Cocker is survived by wife Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor of Norfolk, England; his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder.

Cocker known for 'unique voice and passionate delivery'

Cocker performing in Monte Carlo in 2011. Credit: Monte Carlo

Joe Cocker, who has passed away aged 70, was renowned for his "unique voice and passionate delivery", according to the singer's official website.

He had recorded no fewer than 23 studio albums, the last of which was 'Fire It Up' in 2012.

He had also set up a charitable foundation, the Cocker Kids Foundation in Colorado, aimed at "fostering accountability and responsibility in youth".

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Joe Cocker has died after a battle with lung cancer

Joe Cocker performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2013 Credit: Loona/ABACA/Press Association Images

Singer Joe Cocker has died aged 70, his management team has confirmed to ITV News.

Born John Robert Cocker on 20 May 1944 in Sheffield, he died today after a battle with lung cancer.

He lived in Sheffield until his early 20s. His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964. Joe created 40 albums and toured extensively around the globe.

He received a Grammy in 1983 for 'Up Where We Belong,' a duet with Jennifer Warnes and in 2007 received an OBE for his contribution to music. He is best known for songs like 'You are So Beautiful,' 'With a Little Help from my Friends,' and 'Unchain My Heart'.


Two charged with murder of PC Neil Doyle

Police constable Neil Doyle Credit: Merseyside Police

Two men have been charged with the murder of Merseyside police constable Neil Doyle, Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said.

The 36-year-old was attacked when he was off-duty in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday morning during a Christmas night out with colleagues.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton, and Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Stockbridge Village, will appear at Liverpool Crown Court tomorrow.

Police: Man who was tasered became 'unresponsive'

Staffordshire Police said that a man who died after he was shot with a taser became "unresponsive" when he was taken back to a vehicle.

A block of flats in Audley Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, where just after 1am Staffordshire Police said they sent officers to reports of a burglary. Credit: PA

During the incident, a taser was discharged by officers and the man was taken to a police vehicle.

– Staffordshire Police spokesman

Officers, who were responding to reports of a burglary, said the occupants were not at home at the time, but police found a man inside. After a taser was discharged, the man became "unresponsive". Despite treatment by paramedics he died, police said. A detailed investigation is under way at the scene, which remains under a police cordon.

Police 'to work for many hours to recover the dead'

Police Superintendent Stewart Carle told ITV News that police will remain at the scene of the bin lorry crash in Glasgow's George Square "for many hours throughout the night as we investigate the scene and eventually recover the dead."

He said that at least seven people have been seriously injured in the crash, but that number may rise.

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