Ben E. King Dead: ‘Stand By Me’ Soul Singer Dies at 76

Ben E. King died at the age of 76 on Thursday, April 30, NBC News reports. The R&B legend’s publicist confirmed the news on Friday.

King was born in Henderson, N.C., and later moved to Harlem, N.Y., at age 9. He broke out in the music industry in 1958, and became a household name when he composed “Stand By Me” in 1961. More on the story on Us Weekly