Singer Gene Pitney Dies at 65

04/05/2006 at 09:00 AM EDT

Singer Gene Pitney Dies at 65
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"Town Without Pity" singer Gene Pitney was found dead in his bed in a Cardiff, Wales, hotel room while on a U.K. concert tour, the BBC reports. He was 65 and had appeared to be in good health.

"He did a good show last night … it was wonderful," said Mark Howes of Pitney's management company, In Touch Music. "I've seen him quite a few times on this tour and he was fit and well."

The Connecticut native rose to fame in the '60s and enjoyed a revival in 1990 with his hit duet with Marc Almond, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart." An accomplished songwriter, Pitney penned such classics as "Hello Mary Lou," sung by Ricky Nelson; "Today's Teardrops," by Roy Orbison; as well as "Blue Angel" and "Rubber Ball," by Bobby Vee.

Pitney is survived by his wife Lynne and three sons who live in Connecticut.

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