So heartbreaking. I was so fortunate to see Sharon Jones and the dap Kings open for Prince. And now come 2016 they are both gone. She was an anomoly. A middle aged Black woman who began her career late and and came out strong. She was and is a goddess! May her music inspire and her spirit live on. Thank you and rest in power Sharon.
From The Root:
Legendary singer Sharon Jones passed away Friday at the age of 60 after battling pancreatic cancer. Jones, who was part of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, was born in North August, South Carolina in 1956, and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer,” the singer’s rep wrote in a statement. “She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”
Jones was first diagnosed with cancer in 2012, but went into remission, and it returned in 2015.
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