Dead at the age of 70. Lung cancerhttp://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30582761
In the US, he probably was most famous for his duet on "Saturday Night Live" with John Belushi, who, imitating Cocker, sang alongside the original.
In a small way, he helped get me through my first paying job when I was 16. I worked as a short-order cook in a drive-in diner (why they hired me, I have no idea since the most I ever cooked before was a grilled cheese sandwich).
It was a job I hated and I literally considered quitting every single night at the end of my shift.
But it had an old-fashioned jukebox. Most of the songs were Top 40, which were not at all to my taste. But there was one, a Cocker tune called "High Time We Went", and I would play that song at least once a night and it helped me get through a lot of pre-closing cleanups.
Rest in Peace