Nightmare. Sorry about the cut'n'paste hell but here's PA's obituary. Reggae star Alton Ellis, who pioneered the “rocksteady” sound, has died of cancer in hospital at the age of 70, it was confirmed today. The Jamaica-born singer and songwriter passed away peacefully at Hammersmith Hospital in west London last night, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. Tributes poured in for Ellis, who moved to Britain in the 1970s, with many mourning the passing of a “legend”. During a career spanning more than 50 years, Ellis had a string of hits including I’m Still In Love, Dance Crasher and I’m Just A Guy. Ellis was known as “the Godfather of rocksteady” and enjoyed a string of hits in Jamaica during the very early days of reggae. His manager and agent Trish De Rosa, of Roots-Rockers Promotions, said he was a prolific artist and a key figure in the history of Jamaican music. “He has been my guiding star and my inspiration from the moment I met him,” she said. “His life was the music and the stage. “He was getting a tremendous amount of work right up to the end - it was very difficult to get him to slow down. He wanted to do as much as he could and leave a strong legacy.” She said Jamaican authorities were considering the possibility of giving Ellis, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last year, a state funeral. Ellis underwent chemotherapy and returned to the stage before he collapsed during his final performance in central London in August. Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Jamaican music consultant for Trojan Records, said the label had been associated with Ellis throughout his career and that he was a pleasure to deal with. “He was a genuinely lovely man and his songs were heartfelt,” he said. “He was a seminal figure in terms of popularising Jamaican reggae music. “His death is a terrible loss.” Jamaican reggae singer Delroy Williams, who had been friends with Ellis and worked with him since the 1960s said, described his voice as “the sweetest in the reggae world”. Williams, of Mitcham, south London, added: “He was very humble. “His music is the reason for a lot of babies - that’s how sweet and warm and loving it is. “It’s just a shame that he didn’t get the big world hit that he deserved.” Williams, who was manager of the late reggae star Desmond Dekker, said it was poignant that the last song he performed on stage was Muriel because it was the first one he recorded in the 1950s. Among those who posted tributes to Ellis on his MySpace site was reggae singer Pato Banton, who said: “I would like to send nuff love and respect to the legend Alton Ellis and his wonderful family. “One Love Always..PB” Ellis began his career in the late 1950s, before Jamaican music had earned a worldwide following, and recorded for many local producers before launching his own All-tone label. He had several hits while fronting the vocal group The Flames and many more as a solo artist. Ellis moved to Canada and then to London in the 1970s as his career went into decline. He enjoyed renewed popularity in the last 15 years thanks to a rocksteady trend in Jamaica and Europe. Ellis, who lived in Northolt, Middlesex, leaves more than 20 children.