NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Hughes, a singer who performed as the mustachioed, leather-clad biker in the disco band the Village People, has died of lung cancer. He was 50.

Hughes, who died at his home in Manhattan on March 4, was one of six men who formed the Village People, a disco group that capitalized on fetishized images of the American male popular in New York's gay nightclubs.

The group, which was the brainchild of producer Jacques Morali, featured men dressed as an Indian, a soldier, a construction worker, a police officer, a cowboy and Hughes' character, a biker.

Hughes was working as a toll collector when friends dared him to respond to an advertisement seeking "gay singers and dancers, very good-looking and with mustaches."