Sharon Jones died on Friday, her publicist has confirmed. 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,” said a statement.
In lieu of flowers it is asked donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation, the James Brown Family Foundation and Little Kids Rock.
In 2013, the soul singer announced she had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer and underwent surgery, postponing the release of her and the Dap-Kings’ last album of original material, Give the People What They Want, which was released in 2014. Her diagnosis was later changed to stage II pancreatic cancer, for which Jones had surgery on her liver and underwent chemotherapy.
In 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jones revealed that her cancer had returned and she wold be undergoing chemotherapy again.
Last month, Jones canceled her scheduled performance at the White House’s South by South Lawn event on due to pneumonia.
In July, Jones spoke with Billboard‘s Soul Sisters Podcast, vowing to keep performing as long as she was able, despite the aggressive return of her cancer.
“Right now I’m just trying to keep going and keep my fans out there,” she said. “You take as much as you can, and I’m not ready to give up yet.”
Jones was the subject of the documentary Miss Sharon Jones! that was released earlier this year, following the singer — often referred to as the “female James Brown” — through her initial battle with cancer and return to the stage.