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Soul and funk great Sharon Jones has passed away, her rep confirmed to Variance on Friday evening.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer," the singer's publicist said tonight. "She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time."

The family has asked that donations be made to one of the following locations in lieu of flowers: The Lustgarten FoundationJames Brown Family Foundation or Little Kids Rock.

The singer was born on May 4, 1956, in Augusta, Georgia. She fronted Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and released her first album at the age of 40. Over the course of her career, she collaborated and performed with the likes of Prince, Lou Reed, Phish, Michael Bublé, David Byrne, Questlove and more. 

Details about a memorial for Jones will be provided at a later time.

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