Gerry and the Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden dies aged 78

Gerry Marsden has died at the age of 78, it has been confirmed.

A friend of the Gerry and the Pacemakers singer revealed on Sunday that the star died after a short illness.

Broadcaster Pete Price announced on Instagram: ‘It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the legendary Gerry Marsden MBE, after a short illness which was an infection in his heart, has sadly passed away.

‘I’m sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.’

Marsden was best known for the hits I Like It, How Do You Do It? and You’ll Never Walk Alone, the latter of which has been sung by Liverpool fans for decades.

Reacting to the sad news, Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson tweeted: ‘So sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry Marsden what a Liverpool Legend. So glad I met him. #ferryacrossthemersey #youllneverwalkalone.’

Johnson hails from Liverpool and covered Gerry Marsden’s song Ferry Across The Mersey.

Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘RIP Gerry Marsden, 78. The man who with Gerry and The Pacemakers gave the people of Liverpool two of the city’s greatest anthems.. Ferry Cross The Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone. Great singer, great character. Very sad news.’

Liverpool FC also paid tribute to the man whose music has filled stadiums for years, with a tweet on their account stating: ‘Thank you for everything Gerry Marsden. We can’t wait until #LFC fans can sing at Anfield again for you.’

Marsden had battled various illnesses in the years before his death, including a triple bypass heart surgery in 2003. He also had a second heart operation in 2016 and then had a pacemaker fitted, later acknowledging the irony given his band’s name.

Outside of his musical achievements, Marsden was also known for his philanthropic efforts and donated more than £35 million to various charities.

In 1985, he teamed up with other recording artists to raise money for relief following the Bradford City stadium fire, as well as the Hillsborough disaster four years later.

The musician received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in honour of his charity work, and was also awarded an MBE in 2003.

Marsden is survived by wife Pauline who he married in 1965, and their daughters Yvette and Victoria.

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