The death of a musician best known for being the drummer in Liquid Gold and later The Searchers, Eddie Rothe has been announced.

Before his death, TV presenter, Jane McDonald who announced the death of her fiancé, said Rothe had “been battling lung cancer for the last few months”.

He died two weeks at the age of 67, while his funeral took place on Wednesday.

Rothe who narrowly missed out on representing the UK at Eurovision 1981,  to the eventual winners Bucks Fizz, enjoyed chart success throughout his career.

An appreciation message was also written in a statement on McDonald’s Twitter page. It read: “We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice,”

On how their relationship journey started, the pair first dated as teenagers after meeting in a Wakefield nightclub, where she was a waitress and he – using the name Wally Rothe – was playing drums in Liquid Gold.