Legendary Singer Scott Walker Has Died Aged 76

Scott Walker -- who shot to fame with the Walker Brothers -- has passed away, his record company confirmed.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker," a spokesperson for 4AD wrote on the label's website, though no cause of death was mentioned.

"Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly," the statement continued.

The American-British performer was born Noel Scott Engel -- but changed his name when he joined the Walker Brothers, the group that scored hits with tracks like "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Make It Easy On Yourself".

But it was Walker's career as a solo performer -- with albums Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 that earned him critical acclaim and the enduring respect of his fellow musicians.

"From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged," 4AD wrote.

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Musicians have paid tribute to the influential and experimental genius, including Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

"So very sad to hear that Scott Walker has passed away, he was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words," wrote Yorke on Twitter.

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