Captivating and elegant soul singer Sharon Jones died on Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Grammy-nominated artist – who spent years in obscurity and was once employed as a correction officer on Rikers Island – died at a hospital in upstate Cooperstown. She was 60.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away,” said a statement released Friday night by members of her band, the Dap-Kings, who were at her bedside when she died.
Jones was a dynamic performer who paid homage to legends such as James Brown. She recorded her debut album at the age of 40. The band released the critically-acclaimed album “100 Days, 100 Nights” in 2007.
She and her band were nominated for best RB album in 2014.
Jones was defiant through her illness, telling Rolling Stone in July, “I have cancer; cancer don’t have me.”