NEW YORK — Sharon Jones, the lead singer of The Dap-Kings, died Friday in New York after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 60.
“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,” the publicist’s singer wrote in a statement.
“Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.”
Jones was scheduled to play at the James Brown tribute show in Newark Friday night.
The grammy-nominated singer was first diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013. She went into remission nine months after the diagnosis, but the cancer returned in 2015.
The singer grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Sharon Jones, with the Dap-Kings, released seven albums throughout her career.
Her story was told this year in a Barbara Kopple documentary called “Miss Sharon Jones!” The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and back into a full-throated force.
Fans are asked “in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following organizations: The Lustgarten Foundation, James Brown Family Foundation, Little Kids Rock.”