Departed

Errol Brown, singer of Hot Chocolate, dies at 71

DATE IMPORTED:November 27, 2003Errol Brown (2R), of British band Hot Chocolate, holds his MBE (Member ofthe Order of the British Empire) with his wife Ginette (2L) and hisdaughters Leonie, 24, (L) and Colette, 26, (R) after receiving the award forhis services to pop music, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at BuckinghamPalace, London, November 27, 2003.

DATE IMPORTED:November 27, 2003Errol Brown (2R), of British band Hot Chocolate, holds his MBE (Member ofthe Order of the British Empire) with his wife Ginette (2L) and hisdaughters Leonie, 24, (L) and Colette, 26, (R) after receiving the award forhis services to pop music, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at BuckinghamPalace, London, November 27, 2003.  (Reuters)

The manager of Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown says he has died in the Bahamas at age 71.

Manager Phil Dale said Wednesday the singer, best known for hits "You Sexy Thing" and "It Started With A Kiss," died of liver cancer. Dale said Brown's death had come as a surprise, saying "(Brown) had been poorly over the past few months but he never discussed it."

The manager added "He'd be sadly missed by his friends and family. He was an extremely good personal friend."

Brown is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Hot Chocolate had numerous chart hits in the 1970s. In 1981, they played at a pre-wedding party for Prince Charles and Lady Diana in Buckingham Palace.