The Grammy-nominated singer Sharon Jones who was described as “the female James Brown” is dead following a long battle with pancreatic cancer..

Her website confirmed her passing following in a statement..

The statement read:

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. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:

“The Lustgarten Foundation

“James Brown Family Foundation

“Little Kids Rock

“Additional memorial details will follow soon.”