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London

Lynsey De Paul has died suddenly at the age of 64 following a suspected brain haemorrhage.

The singer/songwriter - who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest - was best known for her hits Sugar Me and Won’t Somebody Dance With Me. She had been suffering from headaches and passed away in hospital on Wednesday.  Her agent Michael Joyce said: ‘Although she was small in stature, she was very big in positive personality. She was always so positive about everything.’ De Paul wrote the theme to Esther Rantzen’s BBC One series Hearts Of Gold and the campaigner paid tribute to her friend after her death was revealed.

According to the BBC, Esther said: ‘She was a renaissance woman. She could do everything - she could sing, she could compose, she was an immensely talented artist. ‘She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend. It’s an absolutely tragic loss.’ While Sugar Me was covered by Nancy Sinatra, Lynsey became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting with Won’t Somebody Dance With Me.