Dap-Kings bandmate Gabriel Roth discusses Sharon Jones' final days
Following the death of Sharon Jones, it has been claimed that the Dap-Kings legend suffered a stroke while watching the US presidential election results and ‘blaming Donald Trump for the whole thing’.
This weekend it was revealed that the soul and funk icon had passed away aged 60 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer, when a spokesman said: “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.”
Now, her longtime Dap-Kings bandmate Gabriel Roth has told the Los Angeles Times that she suffered a stroke as the results announcing Donald Trump as the new US President were revealed.
“She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke,” he said. “She was blaming Trump for the whole thing.”
Then, on November 9, Jones suffered another stroke, after which point “she couldn’t really talk or respond.”
Roth continued to describe her final days, describing how she continued to sing along to songs accompanied by the Dap-Kings. “She was just moaning at first, and then she was moaning in tune and then she started following chord changes and pretty soon she was humming ‘His Eye on the Sparrow’ with him,” Roth continued.
“We all just kept playing and singing with her, and little by little over the next couple of days she actually started moving her mouth and started singing lyrics. She just wanted to sing these gospel songs. Every time we’d stop, she’d just keep singing ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’ and ‘This Little Light of Mine’. We just stayed with her and sang with her and played music with her.”
He added, “I mean, she was the strongest person any of us had ever known, and she just kept singing. She didn’t want to stop singing.”