Charles Bradley, Exuberant Soul Singer, Is Dead At 68

Posted September 24, 2017

Music stars such as Questlove, Neko Case, and El-P paid tribute to the singer on social media following the news of his passing. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in se hard times", has tweeted official account of soul singer, Saturday, 23 September.

The beloved U.S. singer, whose career ascended in later life, died following a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and halted touring. Bradley died in Brooklyn after his cancer returned and spread to his liver.

"Thank you for your prayers during this hard time".

"Charles was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on", a statement from Daptone read. "We love you." Singer-songwriter Neko Case said, over a picture of Bradley and Sharon Jones, that "I've had the honor of being completely and utterly blown off stage by both of these sweethearts".

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"When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love. With God's will, I'll be back soon".

The singer's life could have been straight from a film script. He was a homeless drifter as a teen and battled with illiteracy, poverty and chronic unemployment.

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It was when he moved back to Brooklyn in 1996 to reconnect with his mother that his music career slowly began to flower, first with Bradley performing as a James Brown impersonator named Black Velvet.

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His career launched with his 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, before he went onto release two more albums Victim Of Love in 2013 and Changes in 2016.

A year ago he told Rolling Stone that he never wanted to stop performing.

Rest in peace, Charles. That's why sometimes I like to go into the audience and just hug them, especially when I see someone hurting.

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