The famous soul singer Ben E. King has died officially last night, according to his publicist. King was most famous for his classic song “Stand By Me.” Reportedly, he past after suffering heart problems in his New Jersey home. He was 76 years old.
King’s hit Stand By Me first made an appearance to the public in 1961 when the song made it to Billboard’s top five. The song then made a return to the charts some years later, than got covered by a TON of artists (most of those covers ending up on the charts again!) Those artists that have covers include John Lennon, Seal, Prince Royce, and Spyder Turner.
Ben E. King has established the Ben E King Stand By Me Foundation, a charity that says it helps “deserving youths working to further their education and to assist various civic organizations and associations in their efforts to improve the quality of life of their constituents”. If you would like more information on his foundation, you can get it here.