Kenny Lynch, the singer and actor, has died at the age of 81.
The news of Lynch’s passing was confirmed by his son, Kenny, who wrote: “Saddened to share this news with you all,” in a post on social media. “Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. He will be remembered & missed by many.”
He added: “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!”
Lynch, who appeared in various different televisions shows in the 1960s, was born and raised in East London and went on to have two major Top 10 singles in the UK charts and ended up touring with The Beatles. Ten years later, Lynch would appear alongside Paul and Linda McCartney on the sleeve of the Wings album Band on the Run.
Tributes have already started pouring in for Lynch as Boy George, frontman of Culture Club, described him as “[an] absolutely huge part of my 70s life”. Broadcaster Samira Ahmed called Lynch a “hugely important & stylish figure in British culture… proving to kids like me that we belonged.”
Elsewhere, broadcaster Danny Baker took to Twitter to describe Lynch as “one of the key witnesses to the 20th [Century] UK music [and] entertainment scene.”