It eerily feels like there’s a roll-call of music’s greatest in the great beyond as we have lost three legendary performing and recording artistes, within the short space of five days. First it was Prince, then Papa Wemba and now R&b singer Billy Paul, aged 80 years, best known for his “Me and Mrs Jones” hit.
His management confirmed the news that he died Sunda-y the same day as the Congolese king of Rhumba Rock stating that he passed away in his home in New Jersey after losing the battle to pancreatic cancer.
Billy whose career spanned about 6 decades continued to perform live until his illness, having lined up a number of appearances at the time of his death and loved to cover Purple Rain by legendary Prince who died at age 57 last Thursday.
A statement on the chart-topper’s website reads:
“We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today in his home after a serious medical condition. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneer today’s R&B music.
The R&B pioneer is survived by his wife Blanche and their two children.
May the soul of the departed rest in Peace.
Source: The mirror
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