Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies aged 71

The singer's manager confirms Brown passed away at his home in the Bahamas.

Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died at the age of 71, his manager has said. 

Brown's manager Phil Dale confirmed today (May 6) the singer had liver cancer and passed away at his home in the Bahamas.

"Errol Brown MBE passed away in The Bahamas this morning with his wife Ginette and daughters Colette and Leonie by his side of liver cancer," Dale said.

"Errol was a lover of life and obviously 'music!' I never went into his home, car or a hotel room without music playing.

"Errol was a 'Gentle Man' and was a personal friend of mine who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. His greatest legacy is that his music will live on!"

Hot Chocolate released their debut single Love Is Life in 1970, reaching Number 6 in the Official Singles Chart. 

The group notched up a further 28 UK Top 40 hits, 14 of which hit the Top 10, including the Number 1 So You Win Again in 1977. 

Brown co-wrote the band's best-known hit You Sexy Thing, which reached Top 10 in 1975 and 1987. It charted again at Number 6 in the UK when it was featured in The Full Monty in 1997.

View Hot Chocolate's full Official Chart history

He was made an MBE in 2003 for services to popular music, and the following year he won the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contribution to British music.

Watch Hot Chocolate perform You Sexy Thing below: 

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