Steve Harley death: Cockney Rebel singer dies at 73

Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel, which released the U.K. No. 1 hit “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me),” died. He was 73. 

The musician's family acknowledged his death on Sunday on the Harley and Cockney Rebel Facebook page. 

In mid-February, the late musician announced on his website and social media that he was canceling all tour dates “due to on-going treatment for cancer.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Harley's family tweeted images and said, “We are devastated to announce that Steve, our wonderful husband, father and grandfather, has passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side.”

“His beloved woodland birdsong was singing for him. The statement added that his four cherished grandchildren had filled his home with laughter and sounds. Stephen. Dad. Grandfather. Steve Harley. 

Whatever you called him, his heart gave just essential elements. Plenty of passion, kindness, charity, and more.”

His family stated, “Steve took enormous comfort from all of his fans’ well wishes during his battle, and we know he would want to thank you all deeply for your love and support throughout his career, and during his battle to the end,” 

The statement concluded, “We know he will be desperately missed by countless friends, family and devoted fans all over the world, and we ask that you respectfully allow us privacy to grieve.

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