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Wild Thing singer Reg Presley dies at 71: Friend

Published on Feb 5, 2013 9:09 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Reg Presley, lead singer of British 1960s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71, a friend said late Monday.

Presley, best known for hits including Wild Thing and Love Is All Around, had announced a year ago that he was battling cancer and would retire from the band.

Veteran music journalist Keith Altham, a close friend of Presley's, wrote on his Facebook page that the singer had died "surrounded by family and friends" on Monday at his home in Andover, southeast England.

"My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today," he wrote.

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