Reg Presley dies; 'Wild Thing' singer was 71

reg-presley-dies-the-troggs.jpgWe've all heard it and many of us have probably sounded out the riffs on a guitar. It's "Wild Thing," the song that made Reg Presley famous as lead singer of the Troggs. He is pictured, right, in 1965.

Presley passed away Monday (Feb. 4), his agent Keith Altham announced on Facebook. The singer was 71. He lost his year-long struggle with lung cancer.

"My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today," writes Altham. "[He was] 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 family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band. I will miss him hugely."

The Troggs were part of the British invasion music phenomenon in the 1960s, rocketing to stardom with the release of "Wild Thing" in 1966. They followed up with hits "Love is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You."

Presley, who was born Reg Ball, officially retired in January 2012 because he was going to start chemotherapy for his lung cancer.

He is survived by wife Brenda, and a son and a daughter.
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