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Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate

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Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band responsible for the popular 1970s hit “You Sexy Thing,” died Wednesday, the BBC reports.

Brown was 71-years-old.

According to BBC, the singer was suffering from liver cancer. His manager, Phil Dale, said the death comes as a surprise.

“Errol Brown MBE passed away in The Bahamas this morning with his wife Ginette and daughters Colette and Leonie by his side of liver cancer,” he said.

“Errol was a lover of life and obviously ‘music!’ I never went into his home, car or a hotel room without music playing.

“Errol was a ‘Gentle Man’ and was a personal friend of mine who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him,” Phil Dale continued.

“His greatest legacy is that his music will live on!”

The band, also known for their hit “Every 1’s a Winner,” released their first record in 1970 and played at a pre-wedding party for Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981.

Brown, a native of Jamaica, moved to Britain at the age of 12. In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters. You can listen to the band’s hit song, “You Sexy Thing,” in the video below:



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