WITH a voice soulful enough to make grown men cry, thousands are in mourning following the death of singer Sharon Jones.
Following a long and “heroic battle against pancreatic cancer”, the soul singer passed away on Friday aged 60.
Fans of the artist have taken to Twitter to express their sadness and shock at her passing.
We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today. More details at https://t.co/MAag8tYrE3
– Sharon Jones (@sharonjones) November 19, 2016
I’m listening to Sharon Jones the Dap-Kings right now I hope you are too
– Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 19, 2016
Rest In Peace to the beautiful black queen Sharon Jones pic.twitter.com/SUftVhDSYt
– Leon Bridges (@leonbridges) November 19, 2016
Jones spent years working as a prison guard at Rikers Island however her talent began to be recognised after she started backing Lee Fields, another famous soul singer, in 1996.
Although the singer did not release an album until the age of 40, she is still widely regarded as ‘the queen of funk’ and was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for her R B album Give The People What They Want.
Jones was praised for her lively and energetic onstage presence but it was her voice which many compared to a female James Brown that propelled her to stardom.
A documentary by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple and titled Miss Sharon Jones was released in July of this year.
It followed the funk singer’s comeback to the stage after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013. Nine months later, she was in remission.
In a cruel twist of fate, the cancer returned in 2015 with tumours that had spread to her lungs, liver and lymph nodes.
Sharon Jones the Dap-Kings most recent album It’s A Holiday Soul Party was released in October, 2015.