American folk singer Pete Seeger has passed away after a short illness. He was 94 years old.

Seeger's grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said that his grandfather died in hospital at about 9.30pm last night (January 27th) in the New York Presbyterian Hospital where he had been for six days.

The Turn, Turn, Turn singer co-wrote some huge folk hits including Where Have All The Flowers Gone? and If I Had A Hammer.

Seeger was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album at Sunday night's Grammy Awards and has previously won the Best Traditional Folk Album with his 1997 offering Pete.

Well-known for his protest songs and political activism he took part in the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011.