British singer/songwriter KEVIN COYNE has died at his home in Germany.

The former social worker, who famously declined an offer to replace JIM MORRISON in The Doors after the rocker died in 1971, died of complications from lung fibrosis.

Born in Derby, England, in 1944, Coyne went solo in the early 1970s after teaming up with late radio legend John Peel to record on the DJ's Dandelion label.

Coyne was one of the first artists signed to Richard Branson's VIRGIN label. As well as a cult singer/songwriter, Coyne was also a published poet and an artist.

He lived most of his final years as a virtual recluse in his adopted Germany, but released his entire back catalogue a decade ago, featuring rare recordings WILD TIGER LOVE and LEGLESS IN MANILLA.

16/12/2004 05:47