One of the leading lights of Ireland's showband scene, Brendan Bowyer, has passed away.

The Waterford native's death at the age of 81 was announced via his Facebook page, which confirmed that he has passed away in Las Vegas, surrounded by family.

"It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Brendan Bowyer. Ireland's most beloved International entertainer for 62 years," it read. "Brendan passed away peacefully in Las Vegas on the late evening of May 28, 2020. He was surrounded by the unending love of his wife of 53 years, Stella, his three children, Brendan Jr., Aisling, Clodagh, and his two grandchildren, Liam & Nora Stella.

"Brendan was hoping to get back to his homeland, Ireland, one last time. He was 81 years old."

Bowyer came to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s as he fronted the famous Royal Showband and later The Big Eight showband, achieving enormous success in Ireland and beyond.

He was best known for his 1965 hit with The Royal Showband, 'The Hucklebuck', and had been living in Las Vegas since the 1970s. His last album was 2001's covers collection, 'Follow On'.