The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, performing on stage. Picture: AP

Singer Phil Everly of the hit duo the Everly Brothers has died at the age of 74.

Everly passed away in the Californian city of Burbank due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife Patti Everly told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

"We are absolutely heartbroken," she said.

Together with his brother Don, Everly rose to fame in the late 1950s and 1960s for popular hits such as Wake Up Little Susie and Bye Bye Love.

The West Australian

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