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Singer-songwriter Scott Walker has died aged 76, his record label says.

The American-born artist, who is known for hits such as The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, is survived by his daughter Lee, his granddaughter Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.

In a tribute to Walker, his label 4AD said: "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."

Walker, who was born Noel Scott Engel and became a British citizen in 1970, was one third of The Walker Brothers and broke away in 1967 to perform as a solo artist.

After releasing four albums, Walker stepped back from public view for almost a decade before re-emerging in 1978 to record Niteflights, a mixture of Walker Brother tracks and his own solo songs.

Image: The Walker Brothers, from left to right: John, Gary and Scott

David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Leonard Cohen are among those who cited Walker as an influence on their own music.

Thom Yorke, Radiohead's singer-songwriter, paid tribute to the musician. He said: "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. Met him once at Meltdown, such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed."

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