Dan Fogelberg, whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era in the 1970s, died at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer.
His death was announced Sunday in a statement by Anna Loynes of the Solters & Digney public relations agency, and was also posted on the singer's Web site.
"Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side," it read. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."
Fogelberg was found in 2004 to have advanced prostate cancer.