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The lead singer of soul Charles Bradley died of a cancer

The lead singer of soul Charles Bradley died of a cancer”

Beloved soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away this past week at the age of 68, succumbing to a battle with stomach and liver cancer, but while he'll be remembered as one of the biggest names in soul, we're also looking back on some of the fantastic efforts he gave to rock music.

The news comes just days after the "Changes" star cancelled his USA tour, which was scheduled to continue until New Year's Eve, due to a cancer relapse, according to The Independent. His publicist said Bradley died Saturday after a battle with stomach cancer. He headed out to tour earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health, but the cancer returned recently, spreading to his liver, the statement said.

They paid tribute to Bradley's "dynamic and heartfelt" performances that won him a dedicated legion of fans across the world, and asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to non-profit organisations the All-Stars Project and Music Unites.

Charles Bradley was born in Gainesville, Florida, on 5 November 1948 before moving to Brooklyn when he was eight. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley".

He expressed his love for legendary singer James Brown, and he has said he was inspired to start singing at a later age after watching him perform. He released his first single, Take It As It Come parts one and two, in 2002.

Bradley, who achieved success later in life with his 2011 debut album "No Time for Dreaming", was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and underwent treatment, according to a statement from his publicist Shazila Mohammed. He followed up his first album with "Victim of Love" in 2013. His third album, "Changes", was released a year ago.

Among his TV appearances was a stop past year on "CBS This Morning: Saturday", which earned him an Emmy nomination.

As tributes began to pour in following the news, Soul legend Otis Redding thanked Charles Bradley for his "inspiration" in a touching tribute to the singer.



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