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Chas’s wife and co-star Dave reveal pneumonia killed the musician

Charles Nicholas ‘Chas’ Hodges was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, in December 1943.

He was a singer, pianist and also played the guitar, bass and banjo.

Before founding Chas and Dave with Peacock and drummer Mick Burt, Hodges worked as a session musician and played for a wide range of artists.

Chas and Dave, above, in 1981. On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Hodges had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and he started immediate treatment

The band’s debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 to critical acclaim.

They featured on adverts for Courage beer and Heinz Baked Beans and also collaborated with Tottenham Hotspur FC on their FA cup final songs.

Hodges published a book called Chas & Dave: All About Us in 2008.

The band's debut album One Fing 'n' Anuvver was released in 1975 to critical acclaim

The band’s debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 to critical acclaim

Peacock retired from the group in 2009 after his wife Sue died from lung cancer, but the band reunited two years later and continued to tour.

They performed at the Royal Variety Performance for the first time in 2013 and a sell-out headline show at the Royal Albert Hall the following year.

On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Hodges had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and he started immediate treatment.

The band was forced to cancel a number of tour dates in August this year due to his illness. 

He died on September 22, 2018, aged 74, from organ failure.

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