Iconic musician Herb Reed has died, aged 83.
While the cause of death is unknown, his publicist revealed the Fifties star passed away on Monday following a health battle with chronic lung issues.
Manager Fred Balboni said the problems involved ‘chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’.
Reed was the last of the founding members of doo-wop band The Platters.
Cool as a cucumber: Herb Reed of The Platters has died, aged 83
The band, who graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart 40 times over a decade, are famed for hits Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and The Great Pretender.
It has been reported that Herb died in a hospice in the Boston area.
Despite having homes in Atlanta and Miami, Reed most recently resided in Arlington, explaining ‘it’s because the people were always so nice to me’.
During one of his last interviews, Herb revealed he was not born into fame.
He said: ‘I was poor, and I’m not ashamed to share those stories now, particularly with young people. I was so hungry I couldn’t think.
The Platters: Herb (L), poses with Tony Williams (centre) and Zola Taylor
‘I would skip school because I was so hungry. I never thought that it would keep going, and I never wanted to assume we’d keep getting cheques.’
The Kansas City native created the group in Los Angeles circa 1953 and is credited with choosing the name – with radio DJs of the era referring to records as ‘platters’.
The Platters, which include original members Joe Jefferson, Cornell Gunther and Alex Hodge, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 – nearly four decades after first forming.
Herb is survived by son Herbert Jr. and three grandsons.