There is not much else to say aside from, yes, singer and songwriter Joe Cocker has died of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

The hints began back in September, when Billy Joel asked if Cocker could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since he was "not very well right now."

Finally, he died yesterday, 22nd December. Tributes naturally poured in. Paul McCartney said, "I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him."

Praising Cocker's "unique" voice, friend and keyboardist for Yes, Rick Wakeman said, "The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years."

Ray Charles is said to have described Cocker, alongside Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, as one of the three best blues singers in the world; such praise so early on must've been amazing to Cocker, who was himself quite inspired by the pianist and singer, saying, "Ray Charles was the guy I learned my vocal style from, you know, to the point of absolute adulation."

Perhaps he is most famous for his very soulful rendition of the otherwise quite plinky-plonky Beatles track 'With A Little Help From My Friends' in 1968. Before this, after not getting anywhere with his first single, a cover of 'I'll Cry Instead', he went back to his day job, which was fitting gas heaters. But he kept playing live, earned himself another single deal, and recorded with Jimmy Page on the Ringo Starr-written song.

Joe Cocker received an OBE in 2007 for services to music.

His 1969 performance at Woodstock earned him fame in the US. Let's watch it.