Steve was a founding member of the group who rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. The news was announced on The Sweet’s official Facebook page.
The statement read: “Dear Friends and Fans, we have very sad news. Please see the below statement from Steve Priest’s family. Love, Richie, Stevie, Mitch & Paulie…
“‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away.
“He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and three grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel.'”
The Sweet (also known as Sweet) are a British glam rock and consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.
“I love Sweet & a loved Steve Priest . He always seemed like he had the best job in world & had a blast being a ROCK STAR & also enjoying the absurdity of being a rock star #RIPStevePriest,” another social media user remarked.
A third person added: “Very sad to hear that Steve Priest of (The) Sweet has passed away. Genuinely one of my all-time pop heroes. Embodied the essence of Glam: effeminate, but menacing. The original Stormtrooper In Drag.”
A fourth social media user tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Steve Priest. I always remember the Sweet on Top of the pops playing Blockbuster and Steve turning to the camera, pouting ‘We just haven’t got a clue what to do.'”
As well as playing bass guitar for the band, Steve also provided backing vocals and was known for his distinctive high pitched sound.
When Brian quit the band in 1979, Steve stood in as lead singer.
The Sweet continued on for another two years before going their separate ways.
Steve later relocated with his family to Los Angeles and turned down the offer to reform the band in the 1980s when asked by Andy Scott.
He formed his own version of the band in 2008 with guitarist Stuart Smith, Richie Onori on drums, Stevie Stewart on the keyboard and Joe Retta as the front-man and vocalist.