05/19/2013 04:20 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2013

Alan O'Day Dead: 'Undercover Angel' Singer Dies At 72


Alan O'Day, a singer-songwriter who penned hits for Helen Reddy and the Righteous Brothers, died at his Westwood, Calif., home Friday after battling cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His label, 1st Phase Records, released a statement that read, "Alan continued to write and perform until his last days. Alan was a generous man who gave his heart and soul to the music industry," THR reports.

O'Day was 72. He will be remembered for writing Helen Reddy's 1974 No. 1 single "Angie Baby" and the Righteous Brothers' "Rock and Roll Heaven," as well as his own 1977 hit "Undercover Angel."

O'Day's friend and fellow songwriter, Grammy winner Diane Warren, mourned his passing on Twitter, writing "'If there's a Rock n Roll Heven well U know they got one hell of a band'. My friend Alan O'Days song. The band just got better my friend.RIP."


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