Rank Roger, pictured in concert in 1995, has died. (Photo: MATT MENDELSOHN, USA TODAY)

Roger Charlery, aka Ranking Roger, singer of the Ska band The English Beat and co-founder of General Public, died Tuesday at 56.

Social media channels for The Beat (known in the US as an English beat) confirmed the news by mail.

"Sadly, Roger passed peacefully a few hours ago in his house surrounded by a family," reads the website of Beat . "Roger's family would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time." More information in the next few days RIP ROGER! "

"He fought and fought and fought, Roger was a fighter," the post added.

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Charlery said in a YouTube video interview in early 2019 that he had a stroke in late 2018 and that doctors had found two tumors in his brain that needed immediate surgery.

Despite his poor state of health, he still found time to write his autobiography with writer Daniel Rachel entitled, "I just can not stop my life in shock" (this spring off).

Charlery joined three albums on The English Beat, "I Can not Stop It," 1980. "Wha'ppen?" From 1981 and "Special Beat Service" of 1982.


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When the band set out in 1983, Charlery and Beat Band formed on member Dave Wakeling General Public with members of Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Specials, best known for the hits "Tenderness" (1984) and "I'm Take You There" (1994).

Tributes for Charlery flowed Tuesday.

"I'm sorry to hear that Rangier Roger passed away, Rest easy, Rude Boy, "wrote Billy Bragg, releasing an old video.

Film director Darren Aronofsky named Ranking Roger My youth was always looking forward to the reunion tours. Very sad to hear the news. "

REM's Mike Mills tweeted," It's so sad to hear from #RankingRoger. We loved the (English) beat and opened several tours for them, just for watching, listening and learning. He and his friends brought much joy into the world. RIP, Roger. #EnglishBeat "


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