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Stand By Me singer King dies aged 76

Stand By Me singer Ben E King has died at the age of 76, his publicist said.

The US star first found fame with The Drifters before scoring a huge hit with the track that became his signature song.

"With a heavy heart, I must say goodbye to one of the sweetest, gentlest and most gifted souls that I have had the privilege of calling my friend for more than 50 years," said fellow singer Gary US Bonds."

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, he moved to New York as a child and got involved in the doo wop scene.

He had hits including Save The Last Dance For Me and There Goes My Baby with The Drifters before going solo in 1960. Among his hits was Spanish Harlem.