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Clark Collis
May 06, 2015 AT 08:30 PM EDT

Singer and Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown has died at age 71, according to the BBC. The Jamaica-born Brown was a cofounder of the U.K.-based soul-pop act, which formed in 1969 and enjoyed an extraordinary run of success in Britain during the ’70s and ’80s. The band’s hits included “It Started with a Kiss” and “You Sexy Thing,” which featured heavily in the 1997 comedy The Full Monty

According to a statement released Wednesday by Brown’s manager, the singer passed away this morning in the Bahamas as a result of liver cancer. Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers has paid tribute to the vocalist on Twitter, writing, “We had some good times back in the day. #ErrolBrown RIP.”

You can see the video for another of the band’s hits, “Every 1’s a Winner,” below.

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