He is survived by his mother Betty, his children and by Lesley, his partner during his final two years. Despite being ill, he continued working with his group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich almost up to his death. He was even scheduled to stage gigs in Britain and Germany until March.
The group had eight top 10 hits to its credit, which included the No 1 single The Legend of Xanadu in 1968 wherein the frontman famously cracked a bullwhip. Dave was to join the group on tour in December.
"We were flying to Antwerp in December. He got as far as the airport but was not well enough to get on the plane," the Daily Express quoted his childhood friend and fellow group member Tich as saying. "He was an amazing guy. Straight after he heard he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, we did a tour of Britain of 60-odd dates," Tich added.