Ranking Roger, singer of The Beat and General Public, has tragically passed away at the age of 56 on Tuesday.

The singer, whose real name was Roger Charlery, passed away peacefully at home and was surrounded by his family, it was revealed in a statement on the group’s Twitter page.

In January it was reported that Roger had suffered a stroke over the summer, had surgery for two brain tumours, and was also undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

A spokesperson wrote on Instagram: ‘He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

‘Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER!’.’

Born in Birmingham, England, the late singer fell in love with punk rock music at a young age, playing drums for the Nam Nam Boys.

He joined ska revival pioneers The Beat in the late 1970s, alongside Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa a.k.a. Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone).

The band went on to make three records, I Just Can’t Stop It, Wha’ppen?, and Special Beat Service, before breaking up in 1983.

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