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Big-voiced Dap-Kings soul singer Sharon Jones dies at 60

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off their delayed 2014 tour at the Beacon Theater in New York.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off their delayed 2014 tour at the Beacon Theater in New York.
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A big-voiced soul singer who performed with high energy onstage has died in New York after battling pancreatic cancer. Sharon Jones was 60.

Her representative Judy Miller Silverman says she died Friday at a Cooperstown hospital surrounded by her band, the Dap-Kings. Silverman says in a statement, "Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time."

Jones was diagnosed with Stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2013.

Her story was told this year in a Barbara Kopple documentary called "Miss Sharon Jones!" The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and back into a full-throated force.

Jones spoke with KPCC's Larry Mantle on "FilmWeek" about her illness and the film; listen above. "Take Two" also spoke with Kopple about the documentary; listen here.