'Raindrops' singer B.J. Thomas dies

The American singer B.J. Thomas has died at the age of 78. His version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" was a worldwide hit.

Thomas announced in March on his website that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He died on Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas.

Born in the southern state of Oklahoma, Thomas began playing in a band in his teens in Texas. He made his breakthrough in 1966 with a cover of a song by country legend Hank Williams.

The 1969 film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" featured a recording of Thomas performing "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." The single sold over 2 million copies soon after its release.
The song was used in other films, including "Forrest Gump" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

Thomas at one time suffered from drug addiction. But he deepened his faith in Christianity and performed gospel songs after he stopped using drugs. He was awarded five Grammies throughout his career.