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Rock musician Steve Harley dies after a short battle with cancer 

Rock musician Steve Harley has passed away, age 73.

The English singer and songwriter was best known for being the frontman of the rock group Cockney Rebel.

MailOnline reports that he died at his Suffolk home on Sunday morning following a short battle with cancer – after pausing his current tour last month to undergo treatment.

His daughter Greta said he had ‘passed away peacefully at home’, adding: ‘We know he will be desperately missed by people all over the world.’

In February, his official social media page said: ‘Due to on-going treatment for cancer, Steve cannot commit to any concerts in 2024. Steve is hoping next year will be altogether different. He appreciates all you kind words and good wishes. Team SH.’

His most well-known song was ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’, which he wrote and released in 1975.

Last October he announced the cancellation of the Steve Harley Acoustic Band shows that were scheduled to take place in January 2024 due to undergoing a medical procedure followed by a ‘period of recuperation’.

Then at Christmas he sent a message on his website as he told how cancelling tour dates was ‘heartbreaking’ but that he was fighting a ‘nasty’ cancer.

He said: ‘2023 has not exactly been an annus horribilis for me, as the first half was often magical, with some great nights on stage with Barry, Oli and David. And the full rock band in Holland and Belgium, and Denmark….out there, on the road, that’s where I come alive.

The second half, well…cancelling Live dates is heartbreaking. I’m aware of the stress and financial strain it can place On you.

‘But I’m fighting a nasty cancer. My oncologist is pleased with the treatment’s effects so far. It’s tiresome, and tiring. But the fight is on. And thankfully the cursed intruder is not affecting the voice. I sing and play most evenings.’

After announcing a break from his tour his fans were quick to send him well wishes under the post.

One penned: ‘All the best with your treatment Steve, here’s hoping for a full recovery.’

A third wrote: ‘Sending positive thoughts your way. Best wishes to you and your family.’

Cockney Rebel were a rock band that gained success in the early 1970s in London.

Emmanuel Adeoye

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