British songwriter Rod Temperton, best known for ‘Thriller’, dead at 68

British songwriter Rod Temperton, who was best known for popular songs such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Rock With You", has died in London following a brief battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Temperton passed away in London last week after "a brief aggressive battle with cancer", said Jon Platt, the Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music. He said Temperton was laid to rest during a private funeral.

"He was often referred to as The Invisible Man. He was the sole writer of multiple successful songs such as 'Thriller', 'Off The Wall', 'Rock With You', 'Give Me The Night', 'Sweet Freedom', 'Always & Forever' and 'Boogie Nights' to name just a few," Platt said.

"His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times," he added.

Temperton first found success as a keyboard player for the disco band Heatwave in the late 1970s, during which he wrote the song "Boogie Nights" that became popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and several other countries.

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