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Soul singer Charles Bradley dies

R.I.P: Charles Bradley (Photo credit: Scott Dudelson WireImage)

SINGER CHARLES Bradley, who was known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" because of his raspy voice and stirring performances, has died.

Bradley died in New York on Saturday surrounded by family, friends and some of his bandmembers, according to a statement on his website. He was 68

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," it said.

The soul singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2016, and he started performing on the road this year after receiving the all clear.

However earlier this month, he canceled tour dates in the US, South America and Europe, saying his cancer has returned and spread to his liver, and he needed to focus on his treatment.

The energetic performer, who drew comparisons to James Brown thanks to his excitable stage persona, spent decades working as a chef and playing gigs on the side, before gaining the attention of Daptone Records’ Gabriel Roth — who released the singer’s first single, 2002’s “Take It as It Comes,” which ultimately led to his acclaimed 2011 full-length debut, No Time for Dreaming.

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