70-Year-Old Joe Cocker Dies

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On Monday, the singer and rocker Joe Cocker, who was 70-year-old, has passed away after losing the battle with lung cancer. Barrie Marshall, Joe’s agent, confirmed the sad news, and he called his client “simply unique.”

After he become one of the highlight performers in 1969, at the Woodstock music festival, Cocker has been known for his gritty voice and he has become an international force in music.

Some of his greatest hits are “Unchain My Heart,” “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” which was a duet with Jennifer Warnes for “An Officer And A Gentleman” movie. “Up Where We Belong” earned for him a Grammy and an Academy Award. In 2007, Joe Cocker was honoured with an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Cocker was born in Sheffield in England where he has began his career of singer by performing in local clubs and pubs in the early 1960s. He scored a number one hit with his passionate version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles in the U.K.

His agent Marshall gave a statement for the BBC, paying the tribute to the late rock star. “He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain… 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 stated.

A spokesman also gave a statement from his record label Sony. “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.” He has over 40 albums and toured everywhere around the world and his last gig was in June in London. Cocker was happily married with his wife Pam and he also had brother Victor, two grandchildren and stepdaughter Zoey Schroeder.

Drummer Starr wrote on Twitter after he has learnt about his death. “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love.” – He wrote. Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is another celebrity pal who wrote about Cocker’s death. “Joe Cocker has died.

RIP my good friend, you were one of the best rock singers EVER. respect.” – Canadian rocker wrote. Frank Turner, acclaimed British singer, also praised the death of Cocker on Twitter. “Wow. Sad to hear of Joe Cocker’s passing. Incredible singer.” – Frank tweeted.