Wayne Fontana dead at 74

Wayne Fontana dead at 74

 GAME of Love singer Wayne Fontana has died aged 74 with his partner by his side.

The Mindbenders musician passed away at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

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Wayne Fontana died aged 74Credit: Rex Features
The Mindbenders were known for their hit Game of Love

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The Mindbenders were known for their hit Game of LoveCredit: Rex Features

A representative for his family said: “On behalf of the family of Wayne Fontana regret to announce he passed away this afternoon at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.

“His long term partner was by his side. Known for his 1965 hit Game of Love. Family asks for privacy at this time.”

The musician, who was born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, rose to fame with The Mindbenders in the 1960s.

Fontana reportedly took his stage name from Elvis Presley’s drummer, DJ Fontana.

The group – which included Wayne, Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, and Eric Stewart – became best known for their hit The Game of Love.

After Fontana left the group in 1965, The Mindbenders recorded their biggest hit, Groovy Kind Of Love.

Wayne pursued a solo music career going on to produce the tune Pamela Pamela which came 11th in UK charts in 1967.

In the 1970s, Wayne then reunited with former bandmate Eric Stewart.

Tributes have now flooded in for the icon.

One wrote: “RIP Wayne Fontana .. such a character & still had such a great voice. Will be sadly missed on the 60s circuit.”

Another added: “So sorry to hear about the passing of great 60’s icon Wayne Fontana yesterday.He was a lovely guy and gave us some great songs”.

A third wrote on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the death today of 60’s legend Wayne Fontana at the age of 74.”

In 2007 he appeared in court dressed as the Old Bailey’s Lady Justice – where he admitted setting fire to a debt collector’s car.

The band was today remembered as legends of the 60s

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The band was today remembered as legends of the 60sCredit: Rex Features
Wayne Fontana passed away at a hospital in Stockport with his partner by his side

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Wayne Fontana passed away at a hospital in Stockport with his partner by his side
Tributes were paid to the 60s icon

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Tributes were paid to the 60s icon
Fontana was remembered for the hit Game of Love

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Fontana was remembered for the hit Game of Love
He was remembered as a 'lovely guy'

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He was remembered as a ‘lovely guy’
Pictured from left to right, the band consisted of Wayne Fontana, Eric Stuart, Bob Lang and Ric Rothwell

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Pictured from left to right, the band consisted of Wayne Fontana, Eric Stuart, Bob Lang and Ric RothwellCredit: Rex Features
The musician went solo after a successful career with the Mindbenders

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The musician went solo after a successful career with the MindbendersCredit: Rex Features
The band made a name of themselves in the 60s

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The band made a name of themselves in the 60sCredit: Rex Features

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Alfred Lee covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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