Funk and Soul Singer Sharon Jones Dies at 60

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Sharon Jones, lead singer of soul and funk band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings passed away Friday night (Nov. 18, 2016) at the age of 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to Us Weekly.

Jones’s representative released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”

Instead of flowers, the representative asked fans and well wishers to donate to cancer charities and a music education program.

Jones spent years as a backup singer, working a number of odd jobs, including a stint as a prison guard, before releasing her first record at age 40. Her powerful voice propelled her to success  and in 2014, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings received their first Grammy nomination for their sixth album, Give the People What They Want.

Stream their Grammy-nominated album below on Spotify.