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Tributes paid after British rock singer Joe Cocker dies of cancer

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Tributes paid after British rock singer Joe Cocker dies of cancer

<p>Ex Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have led tributes to the British singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.</p> <p>With a career that spanned more than 50 years, he was best known for a 1968 rendition of the Lennon & McCartney song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’.</p> <p>Following the announcement of his death, McCartney described Cocker’s version as “mind blowing” while Starr took to Social Media to say goodbye to one of his friends.</p> <p>With a gritty voice that was instantly recognisable, the rock and blues legend went on to produce some 40 albums.</p> <p>In 1983, he won a Grammy Award and Oscar for his duet ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Jennifer Warnes.</p> <p>Years later he received an <span class="caps">OBE</span> from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for his contribution to music.</p> <p>Recently, Cocker had been battling lung cancer.</p> <p>He passed away on Sunday at his home in Colorado, where he had lived for the past two decades.</p>