Sharon Jones, the Grammy-nominated soul and funk lead singer for the Dap-Kings has passed away at age 60. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Jones died on Friday due to complications from the disease. The fiery singer and dancer continued to perform over the summer even while being treated with chemotherapy which caused neuropathy in her legs and feet, limiting her movements onstage. During a July interview with the “New York Times,” Jones told the paper that performing on stage was therapy for her.

Not knowing how long she had to live, Jones preferred to look at life the way it is and continue with the strength she had.

The “I’m Still Here” singer was born in Augusta, Georgia but grew up in Brooklyn, New York along with her five siblings after her mother decided to escape an abusive husband and segregated south. As an adult, Jones struggled to overcome a few obstacles of her own. Halted by record executives, one music producer even told Jones she was “too fat, too black, too short and too old,” Undeterred, Sharon Jones eventually found tremendous success when she reached her 40s.

A journey well-traveled

The former Rikers Island corrections officer and Wells Fargo guard grew up singing in church choirs before joining a wedding band to earn extra money. Over the course of her career, Jones has recorded seven albums with her band the Dap-Kings. But it was her live performances that kept audiences mesmerized by all that energy. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy for the album “Give the People What They Want.”

Another music star returned to the heavens

Doctors removed the singer’s gallbladder and portions of her pancreas and small intestine after she had been diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013.

Nine months later, Jones went into remission but during the premiere of her documentary “Miss Sharon Jones,” she announced that the cancer had returned. A representative for Sharon Jones wrote in a statement that donations may be made to Little Kids Rock, James Brown Family and The Lustgarten foundations in the singer’s honor.Sadly, this year has been rough in the music industry with the loss of so many one of a kind artists.

The big voice of Sharon Jones will be sorely missed.

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