Singer Joe Cocker Dead at 70

by Raphael Chestang 12:16 PM PST, December 22, 2014
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Singer/songwriter Joe Cocker, perhaps best known for his 1969 cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," has died at age 70.

Sony Music tells ET that the British-born musician passed away today after losing a battle with lung cancer.

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"Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met," said Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, International, who signed Cocker to Sony Music Entertainment. "His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe's wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world."

Throughout his 50-year career Cocker released many hits, including "Feelin' Alright," You Are So Beautiful," "Unchain My Heart" and "Up Where We Belong" for which he and singer Jennifer Warnes won a GRAMMY in 1983.

Cocker was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2007 for his contribution to the music industry and had a No. 1 album in Germany last year. In June, Cocker performed what would be his last concert in Hammersmith, London.

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