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Reports: British rocker Joe Cocker dies at 70

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Joe Cocker performs in 2002. AP photo Joe Cocker performs in 2002. AP photo

UPDATE: British singer-songwriter Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, Sony Music confirmed Monday afternoon.

Cocker is perhaps best known for his cover of the Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which her formed live at Woddstock in 1969.

The song later became the theme song for the television series "The Wonder Years."

His raspy, soulful voice was his trademark, as was Cocker's body-wrenching delivery style. NBC's Saturday Night Live's John Belushi's skit imitating Cocker was a hit, even when the musician appeared on the same stage as the comedian.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong" from the 1982 movie An Officer And A Gentleman, hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award.

Cocker also had hits with Randy Newman's song, "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and "When the Night Comes."

He received the royal honor Order of the British Empire. Born in Sheffield, England, Cocker lived in Colorado at the time of his death.

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