COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – A big-voiced soul singer who performed with high energy onstage has died in New York after battling pancreatic cancer. Sharon Jones was 60.
Her representative Judy Miller Silverman says she died Friday at a Cooperstown hospital surrounded by her band, the Dap-Kings. Silverman says in a statement, “Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.”
Jones was diagnosed with Stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2013.
Her story was told this year in a Barbara Kopple documentary called “Miss Sharon Jones!” The film documents her transformation into a cancer patient and back into a full-throated force.
Jones returned to the music scene with a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for her album “Give the People What They Want” and an album of holiday classics called “It’s A Holiday Soul Party!”