Iconic and pioneering soul singer Charles Bradley has lost his fight with cancer, passing away aged 68.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley,” the singer’s management told Far Out in a statement. “Always a fighter, Charles battled cancer with everything he had. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and underwent treatment. Bradley headed out on the road earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health but the cancer recently returned, spreading to his liver.”
“Thank you for your prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Bradley 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,” the statement continued.
As reported earlier by Far Out, Bradley’s cancer returned and forced the soul king to cancel his tour. “I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” the 68-year old only weeks ago. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”
Born on November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, FL, Charles then moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 8. He lived across the country throughout his life including Maine, Alaska and two decades in the Bay Area before returning to New York City, his home for the last 20 years. 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.