Soul singer Sharon Jones dies at age 60 after battle with cancer

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Soul and Funk musician Sharon Jones, the lead singer for Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, has died at the age of 60 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The band posted a statement on their website Friday, saying in part:

“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.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.”

The statement asked that, in lieu of flowers, well-wishers consider a donation to several organizations. Click here for details. 

The band’s website states Jones returned to the stage after a 2013 cancer diagnosis and earned a Grammy nomination in 2014 for her album, “Give the People What They Want.”