The musician passed away in his sleep on Saturday morning after suffering organ failure. The 74-year-old had recently undergone successful treatment for oesophageal cancer.
The statement issued on Saturday afternoon reads: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges.
“Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.”
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning. pic.twitter.com/bwxqfHUjUg
Chas and Dave were known for their lively ‘knees up’ music - or rockney as it became known.
Chas, along with his bandmate Dave Peacock, rose to fame in the 1970s, scoring a string of chart hits including ‘Rabbit’, ‘Gertcha’ and ‘Snooker Loopy’.
They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC including ‘Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur/Ossie’s Dream’ in 1981 and ‘Tottenham Tottenham’ in 1982.
Legend has it that they were offered the chance to record the theme song for ‘Only Fools And Horses’ but turned it down as they were busy promoting their biggest hit ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ in Australia.
The duo released their first album of new material in over three decades earlier this year. ‘A Little Bit of Us’ included a track that addressed Chas’s cancer diagnosis.
At the time of release, Chas said: “This is our first Chas & Dave-produced album for over thirty years. Tell you what, though, we ain’t waiting another 30 years before we do the next one. The older you get, it seems time goes quicker.
“Yet as soon as we got in the studio it seemed like yesterday that we were producing our last album. My mum used to say the same thing in 1960: ‘30 years ago I was 17 and it seems like yesterday.’ ‘How can 30 years ago seem like yesterday?’ says I, slightly mockingly. ‘Well it bloody well does’, says mum, getting the deserved last word, and that’s that.”
Tributes have already begun to pour in for the star...
Absolutely gutted about @ChasnHodges passing. Was always a real gentleman to me and very generous with his time. Absolutely one of the best. Played piano at Eric Clapton's wedding. The other members of the spontaneous band? Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison
I don't know if I've ever had as much shameless fun at a gig as last time I saw Chas & Dave. And Chas Hodges in the atrium of Alexander Palace was way better than The Libertines (who booked him to be there). He also played on any number of Joe Meek classics. What a guy. R.I.P.