LOS ANGELES: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter JJ Cale, whose music was made famous by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash and others, has died in California. He was 74. He died after suffering a heart attack, according to a statement on his website. “Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, you can remember him with a donation to your favourite local animal shelter,” the statement added. The Oklahoma native, born John Cale, who made music for more than 50 years, wrote Clapton’s hit songs “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” both covered by the rock star in the 1970s.–AFP