Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the English rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, has died at the age of 78.
The news of Marsden’s demise was announced by his friend and radio broadcaster Pete Price on Sunday.
“It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away,” Price tweeted.
“Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family,” he said, referring to Marsden’s wife and two daughters, Yvette and Victoria. “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” he promised.
Marsden and his older brother Freddie co-founded Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1959.
His version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” became the anthem for his hometown football club of Liverpool FC.
“Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” both released in 1964, are among Marsden’s other hit songs.
In 2003, for his services supporting the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, Marsden was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE).
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