Singer and actor Kenny Lynch, who was known for his 1960s hit Up on the Roof, has died aged 81.
The news was announced by his daughters on his Twitter page, alongside photos of Lynch as a young actor and later in life with his grandchildren. The family said in a statement: “Saddened to share this news with you all. Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. He will be remembered & missed by many. We would like to say a massive thank you to the NHS & the people at Sue Ryder for all their support. Bye Dad, we will love you always!”
Tributes have been paid by stars including Boy George, Gary Lineker and Danny Baker.
Kenny, who was awarded an OBE, was born in Stepney, London in 1938 and went on to become a much loved entertainer, actor, singer and songwriter after building his career by performing in variety shows in the 1960s.
He had several UK hit singles in the early 1960s, including the two Top Ten hits, “Up on the Roof” in January 1963, and “You Can Never Stop Me Loving You” in August 1963. Lynch is also known for a single release of “Misery”, the first cover version of a Beatles song to be released.