Celebrities are mourning Sharon Jones, who died at age 60 on Friday. See stars’ tribute tweets below.
Jones’ death was announced in a statement on her official website. The message reads, “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.” It goes on to say, “Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time,” and requests that donations be made to charities in lieu of flowers.
As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Jones’ cancer diagnosis was revealed in 2013, with it being said she was suffering from bile duct cancer. The medical crisis forced her to cancel an upcoming tour and postpone a new album with the Dap-Kings. Jones said her disease was “operable and curable,” but she later discovered the cancer was actually affecting her pancreas and liver.
She underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and revealed in the fall of 2015 that her cancer had returned. Her tragic passing comes nearly a year after Jones participated in “Michael Buble’s Christmas In Hollywood” special. And this past February, she joined FKA Twigs and Iggy Pop for a benefit concert.
Now many in the music community and beyond are paying tribute to the iconic performer. Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, “The fabulous Sharon Jones has passed tonight she & her band The DapKings made great music together & she sang her butt off. Condolences RIP.” Nile Rogers expressed, “#RIPSharonJones – You are incredible and mighty. Condolences to your family.”
On Instagram, Questlove said, “Thank You Sharon. Thank You. #2016.” Back on Twitter, Beth Behrs wrote, “She’s singing ‘his eye is on the sparrow’ with the angels tonight. Gutted by the loss of Sharon Jones.” Leon Bridges posted, “Rest In Peace to the beautiful black queen Sharon Jones.”
“RIP Sharon Jones. What a wonderful woman in every way,” tweeted Andy Cohen. Roseanne exclaimed, “Hail Hail, a genius has vacated this realm, RIP @sharonjones my favorite singer.” Victoria Justice posted, “RIP Sharon Jones,” and told her followers, “If you don’t know who she is, I urge you to watch ‘Miss Sharon Jones,’ her fiery spirit & amazing talent inspires.”
John Legend commented, “So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and the soulful, dynamic singer I loved performing with, Sharon Jones.” St. Vincent expressed, “Sharon Jones. Thank you for everything.” Hayley Williams remarked, “My heart is broken. This year is so sad. Sharon Jones, thx for inspiring me for so long. Your voice/energy will echo in my heart forever.”
“Sharon Jones had one of the most magnificent, gut-wrenching voices of anyone in recent times. She’ll be so missed. Too sad x,” shared Mark Ronson. Colin Hanks announced, “Rest in Peace Sharon Jones. I’m gonna cut a rug in your honor.” Ken Jennings also said, “I’m listening to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings right now & I hope you are too.”
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