Mike Smith was just a few days away from being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The former lead singer and keyboardist for Dave Clark Five has died of pneumonia at the age of 64.
The last few years had not been kind to Smith. In 2003, he suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he took a bad fall. That same year, his son died in a diving accident. He has been paralyzed since, and hospitalized until last December when he was moved into a specially equipped home near the hospital.
In spite of it all, he had hoped to be able to attend DC5's Rock Hall induction ceremony on March 10.
Although he was not an original member of the band, Smith became its most recognizable member, what Rolling Stone described as "a truly outstanding soul shouter."
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