Soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away after a relatively short battle with cancer. He died today, September 23 and he was 68 years old.
As fans certainly know, the man became famous later in life when he debuted his first album No Time for Dreaming, back in 2011 at the age of 62.
In the 1990s, he was active under the name Black Velvet as a James Brown impersonator.
That was long before he caught Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth’s attention and started releasing some of his singles in 2002.
Bradley was also the subject of a documentary titled Soul of America that premiered in 2012 at South by Southwest.
Following his first full album, No Time for Dreaming, the artist released two more – Victim of Love in 2013 and Changes in 2016.
Bradley was unfortunately diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of 2016.
Although earlier this year he got a clean bill of health, the illness ultimately returned and started spreading to his liver.
Bradley’s rep revealed that the star passed away while surrounded by many of his family and close friends, including a few members of bands he had worked with in the past, throughout his long career.
Aside from the flowers fans have been sending in memory of the late man, the rep has requested for donations to also be made to organizations Music Unites and All-Stars Project.
Rest in Peace, Charles Bradley!