His longtime partner was by his side at the time of his death.
A representative of his family confirmed the news of his death on Thursday August 6.
“On behalf of the family of Wayne Fontana regret to announce his passing this afternoon at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport,” Diane Hinds of entertainment agency Chimes Int’l wrote on social media.
“His longtime partner was by his side. Known for his 1965 hit Game of Love. The family is asking for privacy right now, ”the rep concluded.
The Levenshulme-born musician, real name Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, actually started his musical career with the band Wayne Fontana and the Jets before later forming the Mindbenders.
The beat group, made up of Wayne and his companions Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell and Eric Stewart, rose to fame in the mid-1960s.
Their biggest hits came in 1965 with the song The Game of Love.
Wayne finally decided to take his solo music career and tune Pamela Pamela came 11th in the UK charts.
In the 1970s, Wayne also reunited with his former bandmate Eric Stewart and created more music, but failed to make the charts.
Later in his career, the musician was known for his appearances on the Solid Silver 60s Show.
Tributes for the late musician poured into social media after news of his death was announced.
Tony Blackburn wrote: “I’m sorry to hear of the great 60s icon Wayne Fontana passing yesterday.
“He was a lovely guy and gave us some great songs. As Sounds Of The Sixties has already been taped for tomorrow, we’ll be paying tribute to Saturday’s show. RIP Wayne. ”
Another close friend wrote, “Wayne Wayne is not leaving. After 59 years of friendship, laughter, tears, jail cells and lost brain bells, we have handed our lovely singer Wayne Fontana back to the big band of ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN. ”
“I just heard the news that we lost another great performer to Wayne Fontana. Loved having him on the ’60s Gold tours. Always friendly and up for a chat with RIP Wayne, ”wrote another fan.
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