Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies

The Troggs were a UK rock band from the 1960s, with hits including "Wild Thing." Frontman Reg Presley died Monday in England at the age of 71.

Former Troggs frontman Reg Presley, who performed hits such as "Wild Thing" and "Love is All Around" in the '60s, has died.

Presley's daughter Karen told the BBC that the singer died at his home in Hampshire Monday. Presley was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

In January 2012, Presley posted a letter to his fans on the band's website, saying, "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." He announced his retirement, saying: "I shall miss you all."

Music publicist Keith Altham wrote about Presley's death on Facebook: "My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today ... surrounded by family and friends at his home in Andover following a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer.

"He was one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world. Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda and the family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band. I will miss him hugely."

The Troggs were an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in the U.K. and the U.S.

"Wild Thing," "With a Girl Like You," and "Love Is All Around" were all chart toppers. "Wild Thing" ranked No. 257 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Originally called the Troglodytes, the Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England.


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