Delaney Bramlett, who co-wrote Superstar for The Carpenters and worked with John Lennon, died Saturday at the age of 69 following gallbladder surgery.
"I held him and he held on up until the last breath with which he went in peace to the light and on into eternity," his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett wrote on the website www.delaneybramlett.com.
Bramlett was a backup singer for Ike & Tina Turner and formed the group Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in 1969. Delaney & Bonnie had several hits in 1970-1 including Free the People and Never Ending Song of Love, which cracked the Top 20.
Superstar was covered by Sonic Youth and appears on the soundtrack of the hit film Juno.