Singing legend Gene Pitney found dead

The star is discovered in his hotel bed

Gene Pitney
American singing legend Gene Pitney has been found dead in his bed.

Pitney, who was mid way through a UK tour, was discovered in his bed at the Cardiff Hilton.

The star scored 22 UK Top 40 hits during his long career. His first hit was ‘(I Wanna) Love My Life Away’ in 1961, but he took another 28 years to score a Number One, when his duet with Marc Almond on ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ went all the way to the top.

Other massive hits included ’24 Hours From Tulsa’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be Strong’.

Pitney had played a show last night (April 4) at Cardiff St Davids Hall.

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