Joe Cocker, known by generations for his take on The Beatles‘ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (which was also used as the theme song for The Wonder Years) has passed away at the age of 70. Barrie Marshall, agent of for the English-born singer/songwriter, confirmed that Cocker died of an undisclosed illness. He said he was “simply unique” and “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.”

He won a Grammy and hit the number one spot on the charts with “Up Where We Belong,” a duet with Jennifer Warnes, which appeared in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. Cocker had such a distinct voice, one that was smoky, soulful, and every bit rock n’ roll.

Marshall went on to say. “he was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain- and remained the same man throughout his life….Hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.” 

[via BBC News]