23/12/2014 03:40 GMT | Updated 23/12/2014 03:59 GMT

Joe Cocker Dead: Paul McCartney Leads Tributes From The Music World

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Joe Cocker, who died at the age of 70 yesterday.

The former Beatle has released a statement following the sad news that the Sheffield-born singer has died after battling lung cancer.

Joe is survived by his wife Pam, his brother Victor, his step-daughter Zoey and two grandchildren.

His agent Barrie Marshall described the singer as "simply unique".

"It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts," he added.

Cocker, famous for his distinct gravelly voice, was made an OBE in 2007 for his services to music.

He started out singing in pubs and clubs before his version of 'A Little Help From My Friends' - a Beatles cover- reached number one in 1969.

Joe's cover of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends' has been praised by Paul

Mr Marshall added: "He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain - and remained the same man throughout his life.

"Hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him."

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