Gerry and pacemaker star Gerry Marsden has died at the age of 78.
His friend Pete Price said the singer, known for hits like “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, died after a brief illness.
Broadcaster Price wrote on Instagram: “After speaking to the family, I have to tell you with a heavy heart that the legendary Gerry Marsden MBE has sadly passed away after a brief illness that was an infection in his heart.
“I send all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You will never walk alone.”
You’ll Never Walk Alone experienced a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic after a cover of the song starring Captain Sir Tom Moore hit number one on the UK singles list.
Gerry and the Pacemakers, a hit on the Merseybeat scene in the 1960s, completed sold-out tours around the world.
Frankie went to Liverpool-born Hollywood singer Holly Johnson who covered Marsden’s song Ferry Across The Mersey, tweeted, “I’m sorry to hear of Gerry Marsden’s death.
“What a Liverpool legend. I am so happy to have met him. #ferryacrossthemersey #youllneverwalkalone ”