Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Singer of 'You Are So Beautiful,' 'Up Where We Belong'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Joe Cocker Dies at 70
British singer Joe Cocker sings the "Red Cross Gala", Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Monaco.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Joe Cocker, the iconic British singer-songwriter known for a string of hits covering half a century, has died at the age of 70; the Yorkshire Post reports that he suffered from lung cancer. The Brit rose to fame in the '60s, played two Woodstocks, turned "With a Little Help From My Friends" into something of an anthem, and was touring as recently as last year, according to an official statement. Cocker was "simply unique," his agent tells the BBC, and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts." (Read more Joe Cocker stories.)

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