The official press statement:
May 4, 1956 - November 18, 2016
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.
Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:
- The Lustgarten Foundation
- James Brown Family Foundation
- Little Kids Rock
Additional memorial details will follow soon.
We caught Jones on tour for their last album Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records), at the State Theatre and noted her heroic fight: “There is perhaps no greater recent testament to the healing power of music, than the plight and eventual triumph of the Queen of Nu-Soul, Sharon Jones... Last June’s diagnosis of Stage II pancreatic cancer and subsequent surgeries to remove a gall bladder and other organs, followed by preventative chemotherapy would have understandably sidelined most, but not Jones. With current album, Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records) already in the can, the scrappy 57 year-old [now 60] admirably fought her way back, appearing on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float, before finishing chemo on New Year’s Eve, then returning to the stage regularly, soon after.”
Below are more deaths for the month of November - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2016.