British ska band The Beat, Boy George, UB40, and actor Cusack have paid tribute to singer Johnny Nash following his death at the age of 80.

Nash's 1972 hit single I Can See Clearly Now sold more than a million copies.

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His son said that Nash, whose health had been declining, died at his home of natural causes on Tuesday, reports the BBC.

The Houston-born musician had a long career and began singing as a child and made his major label debut with the 1957 song A Teenager Sings the Blues.

I Can See Clearly Now hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972, where it remained for four weeks. It was also a hit in the UK, reaching Number 5, and Ireland, where it hit Number 9.

He also had a number one hit in the UK in 1975 with Tears on My Pillow.

Nash's covers of Bob Marley’s songs such as Stir it Up were instrumental in landing the reggae legend a recording contract, and the pair later collaborated on a track called You Poured Sugar on Me.

Nash is survived by his wife, Carli, and his son, John.

In a tribute, Boy George said Nash had a "voice like silk" and credited him as one of the artists who "made me fall in love" with reggae.

The Beat described it as "a sad day for music".

US actor John Cusack also paid tribute to the late singer online, thanking him for allowing them to use his most famous track in the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank.