Reg Presley, the frontman of The Troggs, has sadly lost his battle with cancer at the age of 71.
The singer, who was known for his hits 'Wild thing' and 'Love is all Around', died on Monday at his home in Hampshire after a year long battle with lung cancer. Unfortunately the illness forced him and the band to go into reluctant retirement in 2011. 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years,' said Presley when he announced he was stepping down from the band to receive treatment.
Music publicist Keith Altham paid tribute to the singer, 'My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today surrounded by family and friends at his home in Andover following a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer. He was one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world. Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda and the family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band. I will miss him hugely'.
The Troggs released twelve albums over their career which spanned from 1966 to 1992. The most famous of their songs being 'Love Is All Around', 'With a Girl Like You' and 'Wild Thing' . The band faded in the 1970's but were revived in the 1990's when Wet Wet Wet released a cover of their hit single 'Love is All Around', which featured on the soundtrack of Four Weddings and a Funeral.