Soul singer Solomon Burke dies at airport

The man who wrote the hit Everybody Needs Somebody to Love has died at Schiphol airport on his way to appear at a club in Amsterdam.

(FILES) US singer Solomon Burke (R) performs during the eighth edition of the Mawazine music festival in Rabat on May 20, 2009. US soul singer Solomon Burke has died, a spokeswoman for The Netherlands' Amsterdam-Schipol airport, where his plane from Los Angeles landed on October 10, 2010, told AFP.  AFP PHOTO / FADEL
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AMSTERDAM // Soul singer Solomon Burke has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. He was 70.

An airport police spokesman, Robert van Kapel, confirmed the death of the singer today, and referred further questions to the performer's management.

Burke, who wrote the hit "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" among many others, was both a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He had been due to perform at a well-known club in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

* AP