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5th Beatle George Martin dead at 90

Ringo Starr confirms passing of Sir George Martin who signed the Beatles and produced all of their hits

Iconic Beatles producer Sir George Martin has died at the age of 90.

Known affectionately as 'The Fifth Beatle,' Martin signed the band and produced all of their hit singles.

His passing was confirmed by the band's drummer Ringo Starr, who says via Twitter: "God bless George Martin. Peace and love to Judy and his family. Love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed."

Martin also worked with artists including Sting, Stevie Wonder, Gerry And The Pacemakers and Shirley Bassey while producing more than 700 records, winning a string of Grammys. He was also awarded an Oscar for the score of Beatles film A Hard Day's Night.

He received a knighthood in 1996 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.

In a statement via his manager Adam Sharp, Martin's family say: "The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support.

"In a career that spanned seven decades, he was an inspiration to many and is recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents. He was a true gentleman to the end."

Martin is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Judy Lockhart Smith, and his four children.

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