Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave has died at the age of 74, it has been confirmed.
The duo’s official Twitter account announced the sad news on Saturday afternoon.
A tweet to their 11,000 followers read: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges.
“Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.”
The duo’s official website states: “We would like to thank our fans for their fantastic support and goodwill at this difficult time.”
Chas & Dave are best known for their comical music, referred to as “rockney,” a crossover of rock and cockney.
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They enjoyed chart success in the UK, where they achieved three top ten hits: Rabbit, Ossie’s Dream, and Snooker Loopey, for which they teamed up with snooker legends.
Just last week, the release of their greatest hits album, Gold, was announced.
The duo’s sixteenth album, A Little Bit Of Us, was released earlier this year. They were due to kick off the album’s accompanying tour just one day after the star’s death, but the tour was cancelled last month.
In a statement, Chas said of the cancellation of the live shows: “In my life as a musician/entertainer I would say the most depressing thing to have to do is to have to cancel a gig or gigs. Fortunately, throughout my career of thousands of gigs with Dave or in other bands these times have been very few & far between, and only extreme illness in the past (and I mean extreme) illness has prompted me/us to have to make this decision.
“So it is because of extreme illness on my part that the forthcoming gigs are going to have to be cancelled. Briefly, recent check-ups have seen no sign of cancer but the treatment has left me well below par and it will be a slow but sure process getting me back to full strength.”
He hauntingly ended the post: “Advisors say the beginning of next year should reveal a New Chas! Hope those who are disappointed this year will come to see us sometime then.”