The Troggs singer Reg Presley has died of lung cancer, aged 71.

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Presley passed away at his home in Andover, Hants, yesterday (04.02.13), after losing a battle with lung cancer and was surrounded by his loved ones as he died, his friend Keith Altham has revealed.

Andover was the birthplace of The Troggs in 1964. The band’s most famous songs were recorded at the legendary Olympic Studios in Barnes, south west London.

Altham wrote on his Facebook page: “My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today at 1.00, 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 the family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band. I will miss him hugely.”

The Wild Thing hitmaker’s daughter Karen said she was “heartbroken” by his passing.

She said: “He passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We’re absolutely heartbroken.”

Presley was admitted to hospital in December 2011 after suffering a suspected stroke, and a month later announced his retirement from music following a diagnosis of lung cancer.

The Love Is All Around singer said at the time: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.

“I shall miss you all.”

The Troggs hits included With A Girl Like You and I Can’t Control Myself.