Updated: Reg calls time on his career after five decades as medical checks reveal he has tumour in his lungs

Reg Presley

Sixties star: Reg Presley

UPDATED: British invasion hero Reg Presley has ended his five-decade career as frontman of the Troggs after being diagnosed with cancer.

The 70-year-old vocalist, who fronted the band for their biggest hit, Wild Thing, and later wrote Love Is All Around, was told he had a tumour in his lungs after falling ill during a German tour in December.

As a result he’s decided to wind up his musical career, and the band may follow him into retirement.

In a brief statement Presley, real name Reg Bell, says: “During my stay in hospital tests showed that I have lung cancer. I am receiving chemotherapy treatment, and at the moment not feeling too bad.

“However I’ve had to call time on the Troggs, and retire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.

“I shall miss you all.”

Bandmates Chris Britton, Pete Lucas and Dave Maggs have not yet decided on their own future.

Fan club secretary Jacqueline Ryan tells Rock News Desk: “It’s very much ‘watch this space’. I spoke to Chris a few days ago and he said it’s too early to decide on the route that he, Pete and Dave will eventually take. So check out the Troggs’ website – just as soon as the guys decide on their future the news will be published.”

The band formed in 1964 and enjoyed three million-selling hits. They’ve been cited as an influence by artists including Iggy Pop, the Ramones, MC5 and the Buzzcocks. Original drummer Ronnie Bond died in 1992 while guitarist Dave Wright passed away in 2008. The final lineup included original lead guitarist Chris Britton along with Pete Lucas and Dave Maggs.

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