Legendary soul singer Benjamin Earl Nelson, known primarily as Ben E. King, has passed away at the age of 76. His publicist confirmed to The Telegraph that he died of natural causes.
King was best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me," -- a U.S. top 10 hit in 1961 and later in 1986. Born in North Carolina, he moved to Harlem at age 9, he joined doo wop group The Drifters in 1958. King's successful solo career began in 1960 when he recorded "Stand By Me," "Spanish Harlem," and "There Goes My Baby." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty King.
Zumic's best wishes go out to the friends and family of Ben E. King. Rest in peace.