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‘He wanted to bring hope to cancer sufferers’: Chas’s wife and co-star Dave reveal he died of pneumonia and say late musician wanted to inspire others with his battle against disease
- The Chas and Dave Twitter page shared doctor’s final prognosis with followers
- Announcement of his death on Saturday had referenced his cancer treatment
- Latest post was written to ‘bring comfort and hope’ to people battling cancer
Chas Hodges of the iconic music duo Chas and Dave died of pneumonia, according to the band’s official Twitter page.
Thanking fans for the ‘thousands of messages’ of support since the performer died on Saturday aged 74, the post clarified that he ‘did not die of cancer’ after he was diagnosed last year.
The message, written on behalf of Chas’s wife, Joan, as well as his children and co-performer Dave Peacock, read: ‘For the record, we would like to clarify that Chas did not die of cancer.
Written on behalf of wife Joan (pictured, below, with Chas) as well as his children and Dave, the post (above) reveals that Chas’s cancer was under control when he died after he was diagnosed last year
When Chas Hodges was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year, he recorded a track called Sling Your Hook with musical partner Dave Peacock (pictured)
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‘The doctor’s final diagnostic was pneumonia and the cancer was under control at the time of death.
‘We feel this is important to state as Chas wanted to bring comfort and hope to people suffering with cancer through his own experience with the disease, and it would mean a lot to him that the hope remains.’
The clarification came after the duo’s page issued a statement on September 2 saying that the performer had ‘passed away peacefully’. The original statement mentioned recent treatment for oesophageal cancer.
Chas and Dave were responsible for four FA Cup singles for the football club, including Ossie’s Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley) in 1981
Chas and Dave’s official Twitter account announced the 74-year-old singer’s death this afternoon
It read: ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges.
‘Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.’
When Hodges was diagnosed with cancer, the duo responded by writing a song called ‘Sling Your Hook’, which Hodges told the Mail On Sunday was his ‘f*** off to cancer’.
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The boy from Middlesex who grew up to write cockney classics (and star in beer and baked bean ads)
Charles Nicholas ‘Chas’ Hodges was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, in December 1943.
He was a singer, pianist and also played the guitar, bass and banjo.
Before founding Chas and Dave with Peacock and drummer Mick Burt, Hodges worked as a session musician and played for a wide range of artists.
Chas and Dave, above, in 1981. On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Hodges had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and he started immediate treatment
The band’s debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 to critical acclaim.
They featured on adverts for Courage beer and Heinz Baked Beans and also collaborated with Tottenham Hotspur FC on their FA cup final songs.
Hodges published a book called Chas & Dave: All About Us in 2008.
The band’s debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 to critical acclaim
Peacock retired from the group in 2009 after his wife Sue died from lung cancer, but the band reunited two years later and continued to tour.
They performed at the Royal Variety Performance for the first time in 2013 and a sell-out headline show at the Royal Albert Hall the following year.
On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Hodges had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and he started immediate treatment.
The band was forced to cancel a number of tour dates in August this year due to his illness.
He died on September 22, 2018, aged 74, from organ failure.
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