Tributes pour in for Sharon Jones after singer loses long battle with cancer
This weekend brought the sad news that soul singer Sharon Jones, best-known as the lead vocalist with The Dap-Kings, has died following a long and heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.
Jones had been battling the disease for several years and had been receiving medical attention over the last few days after she reportedly suffered a stroke on the night of the U.S. election. An official statement read:
“We are deeply saddened to share the news 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.
“In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:
Twitter has been flooded with tributes for the singer, some of which you can find below.
R.I.P. Sharon Jones, 1956 – 2016. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
It breaks my ❤️to hear about the passing of Sharon Jones. She was an absolute fighter & will be remembered as such. https://t.co/emhtrxDEWr— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) 19 November 2016
So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and the soulful, dynamic singer I loved performing with, Sharon Jones— John Legend (@johnlegend) 19 November 2016
Sharon Jones had one of the most magnificent, gut-wrenching voices of anyone in recent times. She'll be so missed. Too sad x— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) 19 November 2016
I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Sharon Jones. It was an honour & privilege to perform with the queen of soul #ripsharonjones— Michael Bublé (@michaelbuble) 19 November 2016
What a Lady 💔 https://t.co/N8tUvBOEv8— Craig Charles (@CCfunkandsoul) 19 November 2016
RIP Sharon Jones - I was honored to have her sing a song on my album... Honored to perform in Brooklyn with her. Condolences to Dap Kings.— Booker T. Jones (@BookerTJones) 19 November 2016
Sharon Jones. Thank you for everything.— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) 19 November 2016