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Soul star Charles Bradley dies aged 68 after battle with cancer

24 September 2017, 12:51 | Ruben Stone

Charles Bradley Dies After Cancer Battle (1948-2017)

Charles Bradley Dies After Cancer Battle

While no cause of death was given, Bradley recently canceled the entirety of his tour earlier this month after discovering that his cancer spread to his liver.

He had triumphantly returned to stage after a stomach cancer diagnosis a year ago.

Bradley was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1948 and was raised by his grandmother until the age of 8, when his mother brought him to Brooklyn, New York.

The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed "the screaming eagle of soul" released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62. It during these years of his life when Bradley's discovery began in earnest - after Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth introduced Bradley to producer Tom Brenneck.

The singer's remarkable life story and extraordinary journey was captured in the documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, directed by Poull Brien in 2012. 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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Soul singer Charles Bradley died today after after succumbing to the stomach cancer he was diagnosed with last fall, according to his publicist.

'When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love. "With God's will, I'll be back soon". Bradley passed away in Brooklyn on September 23, 2017, surrounded by family and friends including members of the bands he worked closely with: Menahan Street Band, His Extraordinaires, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz-his band from his time performing as Black Velvet.

According to outcome of Sound, donations to All-Stars Project and Music Unites may be made in lieu of flowers. Mr. Bradley toured for a while as the opening act for the late Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, delivering his unique brand of soul, with lyrics that touched the heart and soul.

Below is the 2016 video for Changes track "Good to Be Back Home".

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