Reports are surfacing that Phil Everly passed away today (January 3) in Burbank, CA at the age of 74.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the singer, who is best known for being one-half of the iconic musical duo the Everly Brothers, had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In a statement to the LA Times, Everly’s wife Patti said that the family is “absolutely heartbroken,” also noting that her late husband was a longtime smoker and that “He fought long and hard” in his battle against the disease.
The Everly Brothers, which consisted of real-life brothers Don and Phil Everly, launched into superstardom in the 1950s, becoming famous for their iconic vocal harmonies displayed in hit songs like “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “When Will I Be Loved,“ among many others.
Throughout his career, Phil Everly has inspired countless bands and artists with his talents as a songwriter and a musician, and he will be greatly missed.
For more on this story, head to the LATimes.com and comment below with your well-wishes for the Everly family in this difficult time.