WASHINGTON: Grammy-winning singer BJ Thomas, the famous crooner behind hits like ‘Hooked on a Feeling’, has died at the age of 78 after battling stage 4 lung cancer, which he was diagnosed with in March.
The singer’s management team shared the news of his death on his Twitter handle and announced that Thomas died Saturday (local time) of complications from stage 4 lung cancer, with which he had been diagnosed in March. He had been in treatment at a hospital in Texas and was hoping for recovery.
TMZ reported that Thomas died at his home in Arlington.
The pop star is best known for singing the classic ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head ‘, which was shown in’ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ‘, which won an Oscar for best original song. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1970 in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ also earned him the 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
The 5-time Grammy winner sold over 70 million albums worldwide with eight number one hits and several top ten singles on country, pop and Christian charts.
Among his hits was the 1966 cover of Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ ‘- which was released by Skepter Records and became Thomas’ first million-selling single. He went on to have more success with songs such as’ Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song ‘,’ Rock and Roll Lullaby ‘,’ I Just Can’t Help Believing ‘,’ Don’t Worry Baby ‘,’ Whatever Happened to Old- Courageous love ‘and much more.
Thomas also wrote two books, including the autobiography ‘Home Where I Belong’, and starred in the films ‘Jory’ and ‘Jake’s Corner’. (ANI)