Big band leader James Last has died aged 86.
The German-born musician died yesterday at his home in Florida surrounded by his family after a "short, severe illness", his manager said.
Last sold more than 80 million records and regularly appeared on British television for many years.
In a statement his manager said: "Mr Last passed away yesterday in Florida, peacefully and in the presence of his family.
"In him, the world loses a unique ambassador whose expressive and all-encompassing language was music.
"We bid farewell to the man, friend and visionary, who by his impressive strength and openness, his professionalism, modesty and love of life served as a role model and as an inspiration for many generations worldwide."