Tony Lewis, the Outfield singer best-known for the ’80s hit single “Your Love,” died Tuesday near his London home. He was 62.
The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed, TMZ reported.
“It is with deep sadness and sorrow to report that Tony Lewis singer of the ‘80s rock band the Outfield suddenly and unexpectedly passed away yesterday,” read a statement by Lewis’ publicist Bari Lieberman.
Born on Dec. 21, 1957, in a working-class neighborhood in London, the British musician and record producer co-founded the Outfield in 1984 with Alan Jackman and John Spinks. A mere year later, the powerpop band’s 1985 album “Play Deep” sold 3 million copies and cracked the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, largely due to the hit song “Your Love.”
The scintillating single — among the most recognizable ’80s rock anthems — has been covered or sampled more than 1,000 times, most famously by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and B.o.B, among others, Yahoo Entertainment reported. “Your Love” also averages 2 million streams on Pandora weekly and 1 million views on YouTube and Spotify respectively per week, according to his site.
“Tony’s music touched people around the globe for decades,” wrote Lieberman, adding that his “legacy will live on forever through his beautiful family and his legendary music.”
The iconic rocker is survived by his wife, Carol, his two daughters and three grandchildren. Lewis is the second member of the Outfield to pass away after guitarist John Spinks, who died of liver cancer in 2014 at the age of 60.
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