Singer Joe Cocker dies, aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker has died aged 70 following a battle with lung cancer.

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Tributes pour in for singer Joe Cocker

Some of the biggest names in music and showbusiness have been joining the tributes to singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.

They include musicians such as Bryan Adams and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, along with comedian Ricky Gervais and Hollywood star Val Kilmer.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who is also from Sheffield, joined the tributes.

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'lovely northern lad' Cocker

Sir Paul McCartney joined the tributes to Joe Cocker. Credit: Reuters

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has joined the tributes to Joe Cocker, the singer who died today at the age of 70.

Sir Paul said:

It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and (producer) Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him.

– Sir Paul McCartney

Joe Cocker received OBE in 2007

Prince Charles presents Cocker with his OBE. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70, was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to music.

Joe Cocker with his award. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The award was in recognition of a long musical career that also included a Grammy award in 1983 for 'Up Where We Belong', the duet Cocker performed with Jennifer Warnes.

The track is well known for featuring on the soundtrack for the film 'An Officer and a Gentleman'.

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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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