Singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70, his manager Barrie Marshall confirmed on Monday (BBC News).
“He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain and remained the same man throughout his life,” Marshall said. “Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.”
England’s Yorkshire Post said Cocker passed away from lung cancer, in his home in Crawford, Colorado. Cocker was born in Sheffield, England in 1944 and had lived in the United States since the 1970’s.
Cocker was most famous for his cover of The Beatles’ ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, which he performed at Woodstock in New York in 1969, as well as hits like ‘You Are So Beautiful’, the Grammy-winning ‘Up Where We Belong’, and ‘Feelin’ Alright’.
RIP Joe Cocker….one of my favorite voices ever
— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 22, 2014
Oh no I just read Joe Cocker passed away. RIP mad dog I wish I could’ve seen your brilliance live, you are as iconic as they come.
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) December 22, 2014
Oh god. Joe Cocker. The world now feels like a two-legged table.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) December 22, 2014
RIP the mighty Joe Cocker.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 22, 2014
“Time goes by No time to cry Life’s you and I Alive, today” RIP Joe Cocker pic.twitter.com/73gjnM3UbA
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) December 22, 2014
WE LOVED YOU FOREVER, WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS…RIP JOE COCKER.
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) December 22, 2014
— Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo) December 22, 2014
Sad to hear Joe Cocker has passed away. Our prayers go out to his family.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 22, 2014
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 22, 2014
My mom played Joe Cocker all over the house when I was little. So sad to see him go so young.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) December 22, 2014
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) December 22, 2014
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 22, 2014
Goodbye to Joe Cocker. There was never anyone like him, and there never will be again. The one of the Sounds of an Era passes.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 22, 2014