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.
“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.
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.
The Facebook post continued: “In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organisations:
Cure Pancreatic Cancer – The Lustgarten Foundation
James Brown Family Foundation
Little Kids Rock
Additional memorial details will follow soon.”
This article will update with any further announcements…