Sharon Jones the voice behind the Dap-Kings and the subject of the award winning documentary MISS SHARON JONES! died on Friday at a hospital in Cooperstown, New York, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.
The documentary MISS SHARON JONES!, released earlier this year, intimately follows an intense and courageous year in Sharon’s life, when on the eve of the release of her new album, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Tour dates were cancelled, the album pushed back and Sharon entered into a fight for her life and career.
In a statement on the official film’s Facebook page, the filmmakers left a statement, “We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:
Cure Pancreatic Cancer – The Lustgarten Foundation
James Brown Family Foundation
Little Kids Rock
Additional memorial details will follow soon.”