The singer loses his battle with alcohol aged 63

Music legend Gerry Rafferty has died after a long illness at the age of 63.

He is believed to have passed away at home from kidney failure, with his daughter Martha by his side, after fighting alcoholism for more than 20 years.

The reclusive singer/songwriter was born in Paisley, near Glasgow.

He started playing the guitar and early on in his career formed folk band The Humblebums with Billy Connolly.

Gerry was best known for the 1978 solo hit Baker Street, although he also had success with Stuck In The Middle With You alongside band Stealers Wheel in 1972.

Baker Street hit No 2 in the US charts and No 3 in Britain, with the album City To City selling 5.5 million copies.

Tributes flooded in on Twitter after Gerry‘s death.

Musician and fellow Scot Edwyn Collins wrote: ‘My 24 track machine will always turn in Mr G Rafferty‘s memory.’

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