'Up On The Roof' singer Kenny Lynch dies aged 81

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Kenny Lynch at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2018 (Credit: PA)
Kenny Lynch at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2018. (PA)

British entertainer Kenny Lynch has died at the age of 81.

The Up On The Roof singer rose to fame in the 1960s with several hit singles and appearances on TV variety shows and was awarded an OBE for his services to entertainment.

Lynch’s children Amy and Bobby announced on social media: “Saddened to share this news with you all. Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. He will be remembered & missed by many. We would like to say a massive thank you to the NHS & the people at Sue Ryder for all their support. Bye Dad, we will love you always!”

Not only was Lynch, who was born in Stepney, London, in 1938, well known for his own hits, such as the top 10 single You Can Never Stop Me Loving You, but he also wrote hits for other artists including the Small Faces and Cilla Black.

He also appeared in films such as Carry On Loving and TV shows such as Celebrity Squares and The Sweeney.

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Fellow pop star Boy George paid tribute to the singer writing: “God Bless Kenny Lynch. R.I.P. My love and condolences to his family and friends. Absolutely huge part of my 70s life and on.”

TV presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Really sorry to hear that Kenny Lynch has passed away. Such a delightful, funny, talented man. Played golf with him on many occasions and he was simply the best company.....when he wasn’t late.”

And Liverpool radio DJ Pete Price shared a photo of Lynch with Price, Cilla Black and Jimmy Tarbuck, commenting: “Sad day.”

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