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Soul star Sharon Jones dies, aged 60

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The soul singer Sharon Jones has died, aged 60. A statement was posted on the website of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, reading: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”

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Soul star Sharon Jones dies, aged 60

The soul singer Sharon Jones has died, aged 60. A statement was posted on the website of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, reading: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”