R & B singer Ben E. King, best known for the hit “Stand By Me,” has died of natural causes at age 76.
King’s publicist confirmed the reports on Thursday.
The hit song, Stand By Me was released in 1961.
King was born on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina and move to Harlem, New York when he was 9 years old. His birth name was Benjamin Earl Nelson, according to the Ben E King website.