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Police: Pitney died of natural causes

Singer of ‘Town Without Pity’ was 66
/ Source: Reuters

An autopsy of American singer Gene Pitney, who was found dead in a hotel room in the Welsh capital Cardiff on Wednesday morning, showed he died of natural causes, police said on Thursday.

Pitney, 66, who shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including “24 Hours from Tulsa,” died a night after he performed at a concert that earned him a standing ovation.

“The post mortem results show Gene Pitney died of natural causes and there will not be a police investigation,” a spokesman for South Wales police said.

He added the body of the singer had been released to relatives and will be flown to the United States.

Pitney, who had a string of hit records as well as writing songs recorded by other stars, toured regularly throughout his long career and was in the middle of a 23-show tour of Britain when he died.