Gerry Marsden dies age 78

Gerry Marsden dies age 78: You’ll Never Walk Alone singer and Gerry And The Pacemakers front-man passes away following short illness

Gerry Marsden has died age 78 following a short illness.

The Gerry And The Pacemakers front-man – who famously sang You’ll Never Walk Alone – suffered an infection in his heart, it was announced on Sunday.

The news was broken by Gerry’s friend, radio host Pete Price, who shared a photograph of the pair together. 

Sad news: Gerry Marsden has died age 78 following a short illness

Pete, 74, tweeted: ‘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.

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

Gerry is survived by wife Pauline Marsden, whom he married in 1965.

The couple had two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.

Pictured: Gerry And The Pacemakers in London in 1964. Les Maguire, Freddie Marsden, Gerry Marsden, and Les ‘Chad’ Chadwick are pictured

Gerry underwent a triple bypass heart surgery in 2003, before having a second heart operation in 2016, and ultimately had a pacemaker of his own fitted, which he once joked wasn’t ‘funny’ given his band’s name.

Asked last year whether he found it ironic that his band was called The Pacemakers, Gerry replied: ‘No. I’m wearing one, for Christ’s sake!’

At of the time of writing, Gerry’s family have not commented publicly on his passing.

Heavy heart: The news was broken by Gerry’s friend, radio host Pete Price, who shared a photograph of the pair together [Pete, 74, pictured R]

Pete tweeted: ‘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’

Gerry And The Pacemakers achieved fame for their chart-topping hit, You’ll Never Walk Alone, in 1963, which led to the band’s local football club, Liverpool FC, adopting it as one of their traditional chants.

It is still sung by masses of fans to this day and was used across 2020 across the UK and Europe as an anthem of support for medical staff, first responders, and those in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gerry also had success with hits including I Like It, How Do You Do It, and Ferry Across The Mersey – the latter being a nod to Mersyside, where the band originated.

The band were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their first three single releases.

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