In this relentlessly terrible year, here’s however yet another piece of genuinely sad news: Sharon Jones has died. News of her death was posted on her official Facebook web page this evening: “We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away nowadays after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, which includes the Dap-Kings.”
The singer had been fighting cancer for many years. She was 1st diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy in the course of that year. For a although it appeared that she had beaten the illness, and 2014 brought both a new album (the excellent Give the Individuals What They Want) and a documentary about her life (Miss Sharon Jones!). Sadly, during the premiere of the latter at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jones announced that her cancer had returned, and in August this year she and her band The Dap-Kings have been forced to cancel a scheduled European tour simply because of her illness.
There is no news yet of a memorial as per the announcement on Jones’s web page, such particulars will adhere to “soon.” The post also lists numerous charities and cancer research organizations to which you can donate in her memory.