Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings dies

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Aug. 2, 2008. (AP)
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Aug. 2, 2008. (AP)

- Soul singer Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings died Friday in New York. She was 60.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings," stated a message on her official website. "Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

Jones was diagnosed with Stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2013, the AP reported.

The documentary "Miss Sharon Jones!" from Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple chronicled Jones's life from her cancer diagnosis, being forced to cancel a tour, getting treatment, and making back to the stage.

The band is described this way on its website: "Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts of their listeners, delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding fan base."

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