Songwriter, record producer and musician Rod Temperton passed away earlier today.
Rodney Lynn Temperton passed away after "a brief aggressive battle with cancer", according to Jon Platt, chairman of music publisher Warner/Chappell.
As a songwriter, he is best known for his work with Michael Jackson, having written 'Thriller', 'Rock with you' and 'Off the wall'.
As a producer, he worked with artists such as Quincy Jones and Patti Austin. He also produced the soundtrack for the movie 'Running scared' in 1986, including Kim Wilde's track 'Say you really want me'.