Joe Cocker dead after long battle with lung cancer

--FILE -- Joe Cocker performs at the Olm Souissi stage during the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival in Rabat, Morocco Thursday night May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Jean-Pierre)

(WTNH) — Multiple media outlets are reporting that legendary rock singer Joe Cocker has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

The British-born singer passed away at his home in Colorado Monday, according to the Yorkshire Post.

“It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, told the BBC.

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Joe Cocker rose to fame in the mid sixties, and during his career recorded over 40 albums. He continued to do concert tours well into his 60s. His cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends” shot straight to No. 1 on the pop music charts, and lifted Cocker to stardom.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong”, won Cocker a Grammy award in 1982. Some of his other big hits included “Feelin’ Alright,””You Are So Beautiful”, and “Unchain My Heart.”

In 2007, Queen Elisabeth II knighted Cocker for his musical achievements.

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