American singer BJ (Billy Joe) Thomas, known for the classic

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

, has died at the age of 78 from the effects of lung cancer.

American media, including entertainment site

TMZ

,

reported this on

Saturday with reference to Thomas' management.

BJ Thomas had his big break with the hit

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

, the soundtrack to the feature film

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. But he also had a hit with the love song

Hooked on a Feeling

, which sold more than a million singles. He sang the title song for the television series

Growing Pains

. The singer had other successful songs with

Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

,

Rock and Roll Lullaby

,

I Just Can't Help Believing

and

Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love

.

In March 2021, BJ Thomas announced on his Facebook page that he had lung cancer. He was being treated at a Texas hospital, but died more than two months later at his home in Arlington, Texas. The singer leaves behind a wife and three daughters.