British pop star DAVE DEE has died after losing his three-year battle with cancer.
The singer, real name David Harman, passed away at Kingston Hospital in Surrey, south east England, on Friday (09Jan09) morning following "a long and courageous battle" with the disease, a family spokeswoman revealed. He was 65.
Harman was a founding member of the band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, first rising to fame in 1965 with the song You Make it Move.
They went on to release a string of hit singles including Hold Tight!, Bend It! and Save Me, and the group spent more weeks in the U.K. singles charts than any other band between 1965 and 1969.
He left the quintet in 1969 to pursue a solo career, but it was short-lived and he returned to the group in the 1990s.
Harman continued to perform with the band despite his illness, and played his last gig in Eisenberg, Germany in September (08).
He is survived by his estranged wife Joanne, children Olivia, Ashley and Elliot, and his lover of two years, Lesley.