The male half of 1980s singing duo Renee And Renato has died at the age of 69.

Renato Pagliari, who reached No 1 in 1982 with the ballad Save Your Love, died in a West Midlands hospital after having surgery for a brain tumour.

The former Italian waiter also provided the voice for the popular Walls ice-cream TV advert, Just One Cornetto.

Together with Renee – real name Hilary Lester – he spent four weeks at No 1 over Christmas 1982 with Save Your Love.

His son Remo, 33, told the Birmingham Mail: “My dad was just one of those people that everybody loved.

“He had two great passions, his family and performing. He was a born performer and a devoted family man. He lived for his grandchildren and he looked after all of us.

“Even in the hospital he was singing to the other patients in the ward. He was happiest when he was performing and when the grandchildren were around him.”

Pagliari was born in Rome, but settled in the West Midlands as a young man.

He entered the TV talent show New Faces in 1975 and his tenor voice caught the attention of songwriter Johnny Edward, who had written Save Your Love.