BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Phil Everly, half of the popular duo the Everly Brothers, died Friday at a Burbank hospital.

The 74-year-old passed away due to complications from chronic pulmonary disease, Everly’s wife, Patti, told the Los Angeles Times.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she told the newspaper, adding that her husband was a longtime smoker.

The Everly Brothers gained notoriety in the 1950s and 1960s with hits that include “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.”

Their music was a profound influence for The Beatles and The Beach Boys, among other singers and groups.

The brothers were one of the first to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Everly is survived by his wife, two sons, his brother, Don, his mother, and two granddaughters, according to the Times.

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