RIP Joe Cocker

One of my all time favourite artists.

Tributes have begun rolling in for English singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was one of the first to share his sadness at Cocker’s death.

“Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love,” he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile actor Val Kilmer also paid his respects on the site.

“Ah. What a mighty mighty original voice is gone. Joe Cocker one of the all time soul of Rock and Roller Kings will be missed forever,” he said in a post.

Cocker’s death followed a struggle with lung cancer.

He is survived by wife Pam, his brother Victor, his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder and two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.

Born in Sheffield in 1944, Cocker rose to success as a blues and rock singer in the 1960s.

His hits included With a Little Help from My Friends, Unchain My Heart, You Are So Beautiful, and the Grammy-winning Up Where We Belong.


– Fairfax

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