Gerry and the Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden dies aged 78

Gerry and the Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden has died at the age of 78.

His friend Pete Price said the singer, known for hits like You'll Never Walk Alone, died after a short illness.

Broadcaster Price wrote on Instagram: "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.

"I'm sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You'll Never Walk Alone."

You'll Never Walk Alone enjoyed a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic after a cover of the song, featuring Captain Sir Tom Moore, reached number one in the UK singles chart.

Gerry and the Pacemakers, a hit in the 1960s Merseybeat scene, completed sell-out tours around the world.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson, who is from Liverpool and covered Marsden's song Ferry Across The Mersey, tweeted: "So sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry Marsden.

"What a Liverpool Legend. So glad I met him. #ferryacrossthemersey #youllneverwalkalone"

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Beatles John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Ringo Starr visit singer Gerry Marsden backstage at the Adelphi Theatre in London, after Marsden's first night in the West End musical 'Charlie Girl', 18th April 1968. With them is comedian Derek Nimmo (1930 - 1999, left). (Photo by John Downing/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS and Gerry MARSDEN; Posed portrait of Gerry Marsden, (Photo by CA/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS; Group portrait - L-R Les Chadwick, Gerry Marsden, Les Maguire and Freddie Marsden (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) CAVERN CLUB Photo of GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS and CAVERN CLUB, - - L to R: Les Chadwick, Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Les Maguire (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Gerry MARSDEN and GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS; Portrait of Gerry Marsden with guitar (Photo by CA/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Les MAGUIRE and GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS and Les CHADWICK and Freddie MARSDEN and Gerry MARSDEN; Posed group portrait L-R: Les Chadwick, Freddie Marsden, Les Maguire, Gerry Marsden, (Photo by CA/Redferns)
GERMANY - CIRCA 1960: Photo of Gerry MARSDEN and GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS; L-R: Gerry Marsden, ?, Les Chadwick (Photo by Ellen Piel - K & K/Redferns)
1963: Gerry Marsden, in the foreground, and his pop group The Pacemakers prepare for a recording session. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of English group Gerry and the Pacemakers posed circa 1963. The band are Gerry Marsden (centre bottom) drummer Freddie Marsden, bassist Les Chadwick and piano player Les Maguire. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Pop stars from Liverpool: Manager Brian Epstein, pictured with some of the groups he manages, these include, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Tuesday 18th June 1963; (L-R) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick and Les McGuire, Brian Epstein and Billy J Kramer and the Dokotas Robin McDonald, Mike Maxfield, Billy J Kramer, Ray Jones and Tony Mansfield. (Photo by Howard Walker/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 15: THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Photo of Brian EPSTEIN and Gerry MARSDEN and GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS and Les CHADWICK, Brian Epstein (L) talking to Les Chadwick (C) and Gerry Marsden (R) on a Thank Your Lucky Stars Merseybeat special at Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham (Photo by David Farrell/Redferns)
Liverpudlian singer and guitarist Gerry Marsden of 'Gerry And The Pacemakers', posing in front of album covers, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Liverpudlian group Gerry and the Pacemakers, led by Gerry Marsden, record the television show "Thank Your Lucky Stars" at the ABC Studios in Birmingham. 5th January 1964. (Photo by Syndication/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
28th April 1964: Popular rock 'n' roll singer and guitarist Joe Brown has a quick strum with Gerry Marsden, singer and guitarist of Liverpudlian pop group Gerry And The Pacemakers. (Photo by Trevor Humphries/Keystone/Getty Images)
English singer, television presenter, actress, and author Cilla Black (1943 - 2015) with English musician and television personality Gerry Marsden and English actress Julie Samuel, UK, 1st December 1964. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Filming of the United Artists film "Ferry cross The Mersey" with Liverpudlian pop group Gerry and the Pacemakers at Manchester airport. Singer Gerry Marsden. 5th July 1964. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 04: THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Photo of Gerry MARSDEN and GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS, Gerry Marsden w/Les Maguire behind, playing Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Singer and guitarist Gerry Marsden of English beat group Gerry And The Pacemakers during rehearsals for Jeremy Summers' musical film, 'Ferry Cross The Mersey', 1965. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki/ASP/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: English singer Gerry Marsden performs on stage in the 1970's. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Gerry Marsden formerly of Gerry and the Pacemakers met the female members of the Young Generation singing and dancing group at Craven Cottage, Fulham's football ground. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Gerry Marsden, formerly lead singer for British group Gerry & the Packmakers, playing shovel as if it were guitar in backyard at home. (Photo by Terry Smith/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Liverpool fan Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers enjoys the game (Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
English beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers on holiday on a sailboat, circa 1975. From left to right, Les Chadwick, Freddie Marsden, Les Maguire, and Gerry Marsden. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Sixties singing sensation Gerry Marsden, from Liverpool, poses with his MBE for services to Liverpudlian Charities at Buckingham Palace , London, 12 December, 2003. AFP PHOTO/MATTHEW FEARN/WPA POOL (Photo credit should read MATTHEW FEARN/AFP via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: PALLADIUM Photo of GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS, Gerry Marsden (Photo by Robin Little/Redferns)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Liverpool musician and singer Gerry Marsden sings as he receives the freedom of the city on board the Mersey ferry which he made famous with his song Ferry Across The Mersey on April 20, 2009 in Liverpool, England. Gerry's freedom of the city is in honour of his charitable services to the city and his contribution to Liverpool life. His other hits as part of the band Gerry And The Pacemakers, included You'll Never Walk Alone and I Like It. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: (THE SUN OUT) New Liverpool owner Thomas Werner, Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Martin Broughton meet just before gerry Marsden sang the Liverpool anthem You'll never walk alone, on the pitch during the Barclays premier league match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on October 24, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Gerry Marsden sings prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on October 24, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: (THE SUN OUT) Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers sings their hit You'll never walk alone before the kick-off during the Barclays premier league match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on October 24, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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