So sad. Ben E. King, singer of the hit ‘Stand By Me,’ died on April 30 after suffering from a heart ailment. He was 76 years old.
Ben E. King has sadly died on April 30, his publicist confirmed. The “Stand By Me” singer, who suffered from a heart ailment, passed at his home in New Jersey.
Ben E. King Dead At 76: Publicist Confirms
Few details surrounding Ben’s death have been released, but his publicist confirms the sad news.
Ben, who made his career as an American soul and R&B singer, is best known for his 1961 Top 10 hit “Stand By Me,” which continues to remain a staple today after being covered by several other artists, including John Lennon. The song has actually made the Billboard charts nine different times — certainly a huge legacy to leave behind.
Ben E. King: Remembering The Singer After His Death
The late singer started his career in doo woo group the Five Crowns (renamed as the Drifters) in 1958, and with the group, released a string of hits. However, he left in May 1960 to pursue a solo career.
Even in 2012, Ben was still receiving recognition for “Stand By Me,” receiving the Songwriters Hall Of Fame’s Towering Song Award and Towering Performance Award.
Our thoughts are with Ben’s family during this difficult time.