The double Ivor Novello winner has tragically passed away from a suspected brain haemorrhage
Singer-songwriter, Lynsey de Paul, sadly passed away on 1 October following a suspected brain haemorrhage. Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, it has been reported that the singer had been complaining of severe headaches before her death.
The first female to ever take home an Ivor Novello award with Won’t Somebody Dance With Me, de Paul represented the UK in the Eurovision song contest in 1977 and came second with the song Rock Bottom.
The singer-songwriter has died at age 64
The singer had a number of top 10 hits throughout her career including her most well-known single, Sugar Me, and was responsible for writing a number of famous TV theme tunes. She coined the theme for Esther Rantzan’s BBC One series Hearts of Gold and the ITV sitcom, No Honestly. This latter not only charted but also earned the star her second Ivor Novello award.
Rantzan paid tribute to de Paul and described her as "a renaissance woman" who "could do everything ... she could sing, she could compose, she was an immensely talented artist.
"She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend. It’s an absolutely tragic loss."
Not only prolific on the music scene, De Paul revealed in 2007 that she was also a wanted woman in the romance department.
In an interview with the Daily Mail she said she had had five offers of marriage including one from James Coburn and other from Chas Chandler, bassist with The Animals. Despite her popularity, however, she never made it down the aisle.
Her agent, Michael Joyce, said: "Although she was small in stature, she was very big in positive personality. She was always so positive about everything." He also added that her family had requested privacy at this unfortunate time.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.