American singer and guitarist ALEX CHILTON has died, aged 59.
The musician passed away at a New Orleans, Louisiana hospital on Wednesday (17Mar10) after suffering heart problems.
Chilton came to prominence as a vocalist aged 16 with 1960s pop band Box Tops, enjoying several hits, including international number one single The Letter.
He went on to front rock band Big Star, which split in 1974, only to reunite 20 years later and tour. The group was slated to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday (20Mar10).
Many acts have recognised Chilton as an influence on their music, with The Bangles, Garbage and Counting crows all performing his songs.
Chilton is is survived by his wife, Laura and son, Timothy.