Other Notable Deaths

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Mike Smith, 64

Lead singer of The Dave Clark Five

Mike Smith, the lead singer of the Dave Clark Five, died last week outside London, less than two weeks before the band is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The cause was pneumonia, a complication of a spinal cord injury he suffered in 2003 that had left him paralyzed below the ribs, according to Margo Lewis, his agent in New York.

The Dave Clark Five, part of the so-called British Invasion of the early 1960s, recorded a string of hits including "Glad All Over," "Catch Us If You Can" and "Over and Over." The band made 12 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show by 1966. Mr. Smith also played keyboards and helped write songs for the band, which was founded by its drummer, Dave Clark.

In 2006, he told the British newspaper The Daily Mail that he had injured his spinal cord when he fell while climbing over a locked 7-foot garden gate behind his home in the Costa del Sol region of Spain.

Mr. Smith had been in a hospital outside London since shortly after the accident and was released in December. He had been living near the hospital when he was admitted again Wednesday, Ms. Lewis said.

After his accident, Mr. Smith drew support from, among others, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, who helped Mr. Smith raise money for his medical expenses.

In 2005, Paul Shaffer, the Late Show With David Letterman bandleader, helped to organize a benefit concert in New York featuring many of Smith's fellow British Invasion stars, including the Zombies and Peter & Gordon.

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