Acclaimed soul singer Charles Bradley who released his first album at the age of 62, died Saturday following a long bout with cancer. 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,” the singer’s rep announced.
The Facebook post continued: “Mr. Bradley 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. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
The soul singer whose career launched at 62 with his 2011 debut album “No Time for Dreaming” followed up that album with “Victim of Love” two years later. His recording style was noted for a revivalist approach to the funk, R&B and soul music made popular in the ’60s and ’70s.
Bradley last year revealed the discovery of a cancerous tumor in his stomach. The singer had been touring in support of his third album “Changes,” when he announced a series of show cancellations.
“I will fight through this like I’ve fought through the many other obstacles in my life,” said Bradley upon receiving the diagnosis. After undergoing treatment, the cancer returned and spread to his liver, forcing more show cancellations in 2017.
Bradley grew up in poverty and spent decades working odd jobs and singing in cover bands. His professional career was launched after being signed to Daptone Records. The 2012 documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America,” chronicled Bradley’s life and the start of his career.