Published Feb 04, 2013Last year, Troggs frontman Reg Presley (pictured far right) retired after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Today (January 4), the '60s rock singer lost his battle with the illness and passed away at the age of 71.
Presley's daughter Karen told WENN that the singer died while surrounded by family at his home in Andover, UK. He had suffered a succession of strokes in addition to battling cancer.
Karen said, "He passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We're absolutely heartbroken."
The Troggs emerged in the mid-'60s and scored a big hit with their version of Chip Taylor's "Wild Thing." They also charted with songs like "I Can't Control Myself," "With a Girl Like You" and "Love Is All Around."
They originally split in the late '60s, but quickly reformed and have remained active ever since. Founding members Ronnie Bond and Dave Wright died in 1992 and 2008, respectively. Following Presley's departure last year, the band announced plans to continue touring with guest singer Chris Allen.