Brendan Bowyer began his career as a musician with the band Royal Showband and became famous for the song The Hucklebuck in the sixties.
The song topped the charts and remained at Number 1 for many weeks in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Stella, a son, two daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.
The family said in a statement that they were present when he fled.
They said that Brendan hoped to return to Ireland once more before he became ill but, finally, it was not in his power to make the trip.