Alvin Stardust has died aged 72.
The glam rocker was best known for a string of hit singles between 1973 and 1984, including the 1974 UK Number One hit ‘Jealous Mind’.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. He died at home with his wife and family around him, reports the BBC.
Born Bernard Jewry in London, Stardust was raised in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He was commonly known by a previous stage name, Shane Fenton, with which he fronted 1960s group Shane Fenton and the Fentones.
His greatest success came in the early 1970s, when he adopted the Alvin Stardust persona and a glam rock sound established with debut single ‘My Coo Ca Choo’.
Stardust also dabbled in acting, appearing in the Billy Fury film Play It Cool and in a well-remembered TV campaign promoting the Green Cross Code. More recently, he’d been seen in Hollyoaks, Doctors and The Grimlys. On stage, he appeared in productions including Godspell and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Last month, Stardust had announced he was to return with a new album, ‘Alvin’, 30 years after his last. A message on his website read: “I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. ‘Alvin’ is a new and exciting departure for me and I’m immensely proud of the finished product.”
Stardust is survived by his third wife Julie Paton and four children, one of whom – Adam Fenton – followed his father’s footsteps into the music world as drum and bass DJ Adam F.