Sharon Jones, singer/songwriter and front-woman of the band Dap-Kings passed away last night at the age of 60. In a Facebook post last night, the Dap-Kings shared the news in a heartfelt post.
“We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today 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.”
Jones was first diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013. Her gallbladder, the head of her pancreas and 18 inches of her intestine would be removed shortly after.
In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, ‘Best R&B Album’ for “Give The People What They Want.” Jones had a relatively late start in her career, releasing her first record “Damn It’s Hot” at the age of 40. In 2002 she would go on to release her debut album “Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.” Earlier this year, a documentary titled Miss Sharon Jones! was released.
After news surfaced of Jones passing away, celebrities such as Questlove, Chaka Khan and Leon Rogers remembered her legacy.
My deepest condolences 2 the family of @sharonjones. She was the real deal in this industry. 2016 you’ve been awful pic.twitter.com/9QsCbwqs0y— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) November 19, 2016
The fabulous Sharon Jones has passed tonight she &; her band The DapKings made great music together & she sang her butt off. Condolences RIP— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) November 19, 2016
I am just hearing about my friend @sharonjones passing away.? *tears* What a fighter, what a friend, what a sister and what a singer.*tears* pic.twitter.com/H7htzEE2iz— ledisi (@ledisi) November 19, 2016
RIP Sharon Jones #DapKings #SingerSongwriter— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) November 19, 2016
#SharonJones and #Prince are together once again. Rest in Peace to these two beautiful souls. pic.twitter.com/dAFBvWq9SJ— Zaheer Ali (@zaheerali) November 19, 2016
Rest In Peace to the beautiful black queen Sharon Jones pic.twitter.com/SUftVhDSYt— Leon Bridges (@leonbridges) November 19, 2016
We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today. More details at https://t.co/D4nHMbOIge pic.twitter.com/pWmP9IDL2m— The Dap-Kings (@The_DapKings) November 19, 2016