The Troggs’ Vocalist Reg Presley Dies at 71 After Battling Cancer
The Troggs’ Vocalist Reg Presley died at his home in Hampshire surrounded by his family, his daughter Karen said. He was 71.
“He passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We’re absolutely heartbroken,” Presley’s daughter Karen was quoted as telling the London-based World Entertainment News Network (WENN).
Presley announced in January 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer after falling ill during a performance in Germany. He began chemotherapy and announced his retirement from the band at the time.
“As you all know I was taken ill whilst doing a gig in Germany in December. During my stay in hospital tests showed that in fact I have lung cancer.
“I am receiving chemotherapy treatment and at the moment not feeling too bad.
“However I’ve had to call time on The Troggs and retire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.”
Music publicist Keith Altham said on Facebook his “dear old pal” had died after “a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer”.
Reg Presley was born in Andover, Hampshire, and founded The Troggs in the early 1960s.
The 1967 hit Love Is All Around became a hit song again 27 years later when a cover version by Scottish band Wet Wet Wet remained at number one in the UK for 15 weeks.
The success of the Wet Wet Wet version, which featured on the soundtrack of the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral, allowed Presley to pursue his interest in crop circles and UFOs.
The singer published a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, about the paranormal in 2002.