Charles Bradley passes on

Singer Charles Bradley seen here performing in June in Pasadena Calif. has died according to a tweet from his official account

Soul singer Charles Bradley, who rose to prominence late in life after spending years as a journeyman cover band singer, died Saturday of cancer, his record label said.

Charles Bradley passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, after battling cancer.

Bradley had cancelled a fall leg of touring earlier this month after it was revealed that his cancer had returned. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in se hard times", has tweeted official account of soul singer, Saturday, 23 September.

"Charles 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", a statement from Daptone read. He smiled and told me, 'I tried.' It was probably the simplest and most inspiring thing he ever told me.

In a statement last October when Bradley was first diagnosed with cancer, he said, "I will fight through this like I've fought through the many other obstacles in my life".

Bradley was born November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, Florida.

Bradley, performing at Governors Ball 2017.

Bradley was surrounded by family and friends when he died including members of the bands he worked closely with including the Menahan Street Band and His Extraordinaires.

He released three albums, No Time For Dreaming, Victim of Love, and Changes. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program after performing on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" past year.

In the same documentary, Bradley got emotional: "Sometimes I say, 'God, just call me home.' Because every day I get out and I fight and fight the keep the honesty [and] the decency of a human being walking the planet and loving everybody as God asked you to love everybody", Bradley said.

His love for the blues began back in 1962 when his sister brought him to see Brown at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Throughout the years, Bradley has also focused on his music career, but simply by impersonating his idol, Brown.

According to effect of Sound, donations to All-Stars Project and Music Unites may be made in lieu of flowers.

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