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Singer Bobby Charles dies at 71

Singer, songwriter Bobby Charles, famous for rock and roll song See you later, Alligator, has died at his Louisiana home at the age of 71.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2010 01:04 IST

Singer, songwriter Bobby Charles, famous for rock and roll song See you later, Alligator, has died at his Louisiana home at the age of 71.

Charles, who penned other hits such as Walking to New Orleans passed away at his home in Abbeville, Louisiana, Thursday and the cause of his death remains unknown, reports contactmusic.com. He is survived by four sons.

"We were very close for 40-50 years. We started writing stuff together in the 1970s. He was very easy to work with and a special guy," said his long-time friend and music collaborator John.

Charles and John had just finished an album titled Timeless together. It will be released next month.

Charles had a "spiritual" approach to his music, said his manager Jim Bateman.

"He always said he didn't write songs, they came through him. I wouldn't necessarily call it religious, but spiritual," said Bateman.