Gerry Marsden has passed away age 78 following a short illness
The Gerry And The Pacemakers front-man – who notoriously sang You’ll Never Stroll Alone – suffered an infection in his heart, it was revealed on Sunday.
The news was broken by Gerry’s buddy, radio host Pete Rate, who shared a picture of the pair together.
Unfortunate news: Gerry Marsden has actually died age 78 following a brief health problem.
Pete, 74, tweeted: ‘It’s with a very broken heart after speaking with the household that I need to inform you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short disease which was an infection in his heart has sadly died.
‘ Sending all the love worldwide to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Stroll Alone.’
Gerry is survived by other half Pauline Marsden, whom he married in 1965.
The couple have two children, Yvette and Victoria.
Visualized: Gerry And The Pacemakers in London in 1964. Les Maguire, Freddie Marsden, Gerry Marsden, and Les ‘Chad’ Chadwick are imagined
Gerry underwent a triple bypass heart surgical treatment in 2003, prior to having a 2nd heart operation in 2016, and eventually had a pacemaker of his own fitted, which he once joked wasn’t ‘funny’ given atrioventricular bundle’s name.
Asked in 2015 whether he discovered it paradoxical that atrioventricular bundle was called The Pacemakers, Gerry replied: ‘No. I’m using one, for Christ’s sake!’
At of the time of composing, Gerry’s family have not commented openly on his passing.
Heavy heart: The news was broken by Gerry’s good friend, radio host Pete Rate, who shared a photograph of the pair together [Pete, 74, pictured R] Pete tweeted: ‘It’s with a very agony of mind after talking to the household that I need to inform you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short disease which was an infection in his heart has unfortunately passed away’
Gerry And The Pacemakers achieved fame for their chart-topping hit, You’ll Never ever Walk Alone, in 1963, which led to the band’s local football club, Liverpool FC, embracing it as one of their conventional chants.
It is still sung by masses of fans to this day and was used throughout 2020 throughout the UK and Europe as an anthem of assistance for medical personnel, first responders, and those in isolation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gerry also had success with hits including I Like It, How Do You Do It, and Ferryboat Across The Mersey – the latter being a nod to Mersyside, where the band originated.
The band were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their very first 3 single releases.
Gerry belonged to the band with his sibling Freddie Marsden, along with Les ‘Chad’ Chadwick and Arthur McMahon. They were tipped to equal the Beatles in their early days.