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Cocker's agent: 'It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves'

Joe Cocker performing in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Joe Cocker's agent has said it will be "impossible" to fill the space left by the singer's death.

Barrie Marshall told the BBC that Cocker was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

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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.

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 20s. 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'.

North Korea warns of strikes on US over Sony hack claims

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North Korea has threatened strikes against the White House and the United States mainland, calling the country a "cesspool of terrorism" and accusing Barack Obama of spreading "reckless" rumours about its involvement in a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Such rhetoric is not unusual from Pyongyang's massive propaganda machine during times of tension with Washington.

But the long statement from the powerful National Defence Commission also underscores Pyongyang's sensitivity at a movie whose plot focuses on the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, the beneficiary of a decades-long cult of personality built around his family dynasty.

"Our toughest counter-action will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole US mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the 'symmetric counter-action' declared by Obama," said the commission's policy department, in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The US blames North Korea for the cyber-attack that escalated to threats of terror strikes against American cinemas and caused Sony to cancel The Interview's release.

China condemns 'all forms of cyber terrorism'

China has said it opposes all forms of cyber attacks and "cyber terrorism" in the wake of the massive Sony Pictures security breach.

Beijing's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the denouncement to US Secretary of State John Kerry via a phone call, Reuters have reported.

"China opposes any country or person using other nations' internal facilities to conduct cyber attacks on third-party countries." Wang Yi reportedly told Kerry.

Last week, the US concluded that North Korea, one of China's global allies, was responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures.

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