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Troggs Frontman Reg Presley Announces He Has Lung Cancer, Retires from the Group

Chris Walter/WireImageSad news from British Invasion veterans The Troggs: The band's founding lead singer, Reg Presley, has revealed that he's suffering from lung cancer and has announced his immediate retirement.

In a message posted Tuesday on the group's official website, the 70-year-old Presley wrote, "As you all know I was taken ill whilst doing a gig in Germany in December.  During my stay in hospital tests showed that in fact I have lung cancer.  I am receiving chemotherapy treatment and at the moment not feeling too bad."

He continued, "However I've had to call time on The Troggs and retire.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years."

The Troggs formed in Andover, England, in 1964 and are best known for the garage-rock classic "Wild Thing," which topped the Billboard pop singles chart in 1966.  The band's single "With a Girl Like You" reached the top 30 hit that same year, and they also reached #7 in 1968 with "Love Is All Around."

Fans wishing to send get-well cards to Presley can contact the secretary of The Troggs Fan Club, Jacqueline Ryan, address: 56 Waite Davies Rd., London SE12 OND.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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