Gerry And The Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden – whose hits included You’ll Never Walk Alone – has died aged 78.
His friend, broadcaster Pete Price announced the news, saying: “It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away.
“Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
In a tribute, Liverpool football club tweeted: “Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Marsden, who was born in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in 1942, is perhaps best known for covering You’ll Never Walk Alone with his band – leading Liverpool FC to adopt it as its official motto.
He also penned 60s hits such as Ferry Cross the Mersey and Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.
Gerry and the Pacemakers followed The Beatles into chart success, starting a local Merseybeat music scene in Liverpool.