'I Believe In Father Christmas' Singer Greg Lake Has Died

8 December 2016, 12:19 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

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The singer passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The 'I Believe In Father Christmas' singer Greg Lake has died aged 69.

A post on his Facebook page written by his manager says he died after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Poole, Dorset, Greg Lake first found success as a singer and bassist in the seminal late 60s group King Crimson. He later formed the "prog rock supergroup" Emerson Lake & Palmer with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer.

In 1975 he scored a huge Christmas hit with 'I Believe In Father Christmas', although he never intended for it to be a Christmas hit and was actually trying to make a point about the commercialisation of Christmas with the track.

Emerson Lake & Palmer played their final gig at a rock festival in Victoria Park, London in 2010.

Our thoughts are with his family.