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Liverpool football club have paid tribute to Gerry Marsden, the frontman of Merseyside band Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The 78-year-old today passed away having suffered a short illness which related to an infection in his heart.
Radio personality Pete Price confirmed his death in a statement shared to social media on Sunday, revealing he had spoken with the Marsden family.
He said: "It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away. Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone."
Gerry and the Pacemakers' hit song 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is the unofficial soundtrack of the region – and is sung by Liverpool fans religiously during matches.
"It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden’s passing. Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone," the club's official account tweeted.
"Gerry’s voice accompanied our biggest nights. His anthem bonded players, staff and fans around the world, helping create something truly special."
Piers Morgan added: "RIP Gerry Marsden, 78. The man who with Gerry and The Pacemakers gave the people of Liverpool two of the city’s greatest anthems.. Ferry Cross The Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone.
"Great singer, great character. Very sad news."
Originating in Liverpool in 1959, Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers were pioneers who rivalled the Beatles from the outset of their career.
Marsden formed the group, recruiting his brother Fred, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon as the original band members.
Their first three single releases – How Do You Do It?, I Like It and You'll Never Walk Alone – made history, each reaching number one on the charts.
Recent decades saw Marsden battle health troubles, undergoing triple bypass surgery in 2003 and later facing a second heart operation.
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