Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him, his manager said.

Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years this autumn.

He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent “a new and exciting departure” of which he was “immensely proud”.

Once described as “the Godfather of British Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimly’s and Doctors.

He also appeared on stage in such musicals as Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he played the fearsome Child Catcher.

Before reinventing himself as Alvin Stardust in the 1970s, he recorded under the name Shane Fenton with his band the Fentones.

Stardust was married three times. His second wife was the actress Liza Goddard, who said she had been “bowled over by his charm”.

Stardust was part of a Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976 that saw him instructing children to look both ways before they crossed the road.

DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the singer as “a great showman” who would be “sorely missed”. “Performing was his life,” added the veteran broadcaster.

“He had this bad boy image, but he was not like that at all,” Blackburn continued. “On stage he was brilliant, but off stage he was just an ordinary guy.”

Sign up to our weekly newsletter

Please contact us for use of this image