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OTRC: Rick Huxley dies: Dave Clark Five bassist was 72

The Dave Clark Band appear in a photo from their cameo appearance in the US film, 'Get Yourself a College Girl.' (MGM)

Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s pop group "The Dave Clark Five," has died at age 72.

The musician died on Monday, February 11 and Dave Clark, the group's leader, described the news as "devastating."

According to BBC News, Huxley had been battling emphysema after years of heavy smoking, but Clark said he had recently been given a clean bill of health and his death had come as a shock, adding: "We'd talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits," he told the outlet.

The English band is known for their successes with songs such as "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces" and "Everybody Knows" in 1967.

The group appeared on the widely popular "Ed Sullivan Show" in the early 1960s, not long after fellow rock group The Beatles did the same.

In 2008, the group, with Huxley in attendance, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by actor and fan Tom Hanks.

Following Huxley's death, the only remaining members of the group are drummer and lead singer Clark, and guitarist Lenny Davidson.

(Pictured above: The Dave Clark Band appear in a photo from their cameo appearance in the 1964 film, "Get Yourself a College Girl." Huxley is pictured second from the right.)

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