Sharon Jones has died aged 60

SHARON JONES has sadly passed away aged 60.

The Grammy-nominated soul, funk and R&B vocalist passed away on Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Announced on her official Facebook page at 1:30am UK time, a post said: “We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer.

AOL Build Presents Sharon Jones And Barbara Kopple Discussing The Documentary "Miss Sharon Jones!"
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 29: Singer Sharon Jones attends AOL Build Presents Sharon Jones and Barbara Kopple discussing the documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” at AOL HQ on July 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

“She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.”

Jones was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013 but later went into remission nine months later.

In 2015, the cancer returned, with tumours spreading to her lung, liver and lymph nodes.

Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood - Season 2015
MICHAEL BUBLE’S CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD — Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Jones, Michael Buble — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Known for her amazing vocals, the singer performed, recorded and toured with her band the Dap-Kings.

The 60-year-old performer released seven albums with The Dap-Kings, most recently It’s a Holiday Soul Party in 2015.

Earlier this year, a self-titled documentary film was released that followed the life and career of the courageous star.

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Sharon Jones [Facebook]
The Facebook post continued: “In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organisations:

Cure Pancreatic Cancer – The Lustgarten Foundation
https://www.lustgarten.org/donate

James Brown Family Foundation
http://jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org/online/index.php/j-a-m-p

Little Kids Rock
http://www.littlekidsrock.org/support-us/donation/

Additional memorial details will follow soon.”

Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood - Season 2015
MICHAEL BUBLE’S CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD — Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Jones, Michael Buble — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood - Season 2015
MICHAEL BUBLE’S CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD — Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Michael Buble– (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

This article will update with any further announcements…

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