Singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70.
The singer-songwriter, best known for his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," passed away after a battle with lung disease.
The late rocker's rep released the following statement on Monday:
John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
"Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met," Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, said. "His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world."
The legendary musician is survived by his wife of 27 years, Pam, his brother, Victor, his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder, and his two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.
Almost immediately after news broke, his fans took to Twitter to remember the star and offer their condolences.
Ah. What a mighty mighty original voice is gone. Joe Cocker one of the all time soul of Rock and Roller Kings will be missed forever.— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker. #fcancer— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) December 22, 2014
BBC News - Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 http://t.co/NgYibaMJ8l Loved this man !— sinbad (@sinbadbad) December 22, 2014
Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love. R😎✌️🌟💖— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker. You were so beautiful.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker. What a singer. > https://t.co/9sj0DYfTHY— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker. Such an inspiration to me and music. His voice will carry on.— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe Cocker....one of my favorite voices ever— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 22, 2014
WE LOVED YOU FOREVER, WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS...RIP JOE COCKER.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) December 22, 2014
So sad to hear about Joe Cocker. What an entertainer. One of a kind voice. Rock won't ever sound the same.— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) December 22, 2014
Watching #JoeCocker sing was my first exposure to what it meant to be an artist. The means aren't always pretty but boy is the end beautiful— Nicholas Gonzalez (@IamNickGonzalez) December 22, 2014
Goodbye to Joe Cocker. There was never anyone like him, and there never will be again. The one of the Sounds of an Era passes.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 22, 2014
RIP Joe coker. You are so beautiful...— WHITESNAKE (@whitesnakeblog) December 22, 2014
My mom played Joe Cocker all over the house when I was little. So sad to see him go so young.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) December 22, 2014
Goodbye Joe Cocker! #Soulman— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) December 22, 2014
Oh god. Joe Cocker. The world now feels like a two-legged table.— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) December 22, 2014
Another legend has made his mark & left us with the gifts of funky soul in his music. "Mr. Joe Cocker" gone at 70... http://t.co/F18vbiwtFB— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) December 22, 2014
If I could sound like anyone it would be Joe Cocker #RIPJoe— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 22, 2014
Oh no I just read Joe Cocker passed away. RIP mad dog I wish I could've seen your brilliance live, you are as iconic as they come.— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) December 22, 2014
Sad to hear Joe Cocker has passed away. Our prayers go out to his family.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 22, 2014