Cockney Rebel singer Steve Harley has died after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 73.

The rockstar, whose 50 year music career saw hits like Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me), passed away at his home in Clare, near Sudbury, this morning surrounded by his family.

East Anglian Daily Times:

He announced last month that he was taking a break from touring to undergo cancer treatment.

In a statement, his daughter Greta said: “We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and father has passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side.

“The birdsong from his woodland that he loved so much was singing for him. His home has been filled with the sounds and laughter of his four grandchildren.

“Stephen. Steve. Dad. Grandar. Steve Harley. Whoever you know him as, his heart exuded only core elements. Passion, kindness, generosity. And much more, in abundance.

“We know he will be desperately missed by people all over the world, and we ask that you respectfully allow us privacy to grieve.”

A keen racehorse fan, he performed across the county.