Ben E King Dies Aged 76

1 May 2015, 14:46 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

Ben E King

The Stand By Me singer passed away on Thursday 30th April.

The iconic R&B singer Ben E King has died, it has emerged.

Although largely known for his hit track Stand By Me, King was originally a member of The Drifters, performing on tracks like There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me. He went on to have a successfully solo career that spanned many decades.

Fellow R&B artist Gary U.S Bonds took to Facebook to express his condolences. "Speaking for myself, my family & my Roadhouse Rockers family, I can tell you that Ben E. will be missed more than words can say" Bonds said. 

You can see Gary's Facebook post below.


With an extremely heavy heart, I must say goodbye to one of the sweetest, gentlest and gifted souls that I have had the...

Posted by Gary U.S. Bonds on Thursday, 30 April 2015

King was touring up until 2013 with his band, playing shows around the UK. He was 74 at the time.

RIP Ben E King.

You can listen to his classic track Stand By Me below.