The Staple Singers‘ Yvonne Staples has died at the age of 80.
According to The New York Times, the cause of death was confirmed by a family friend as colon cancer. Staples died on Tuesday night (April 10) at her home in Chicago, after being diagnosed with the disease just two weeks ago.
The singer began performing with her family group in 1971. She appeared on the hit singles ‘Respect Yourself’ and ‘I’ll Take You There’, with the band gaining 10 top 10 hits over the ’70s. She originally took care of the business side of the group.
After sister Mavis Staples began a successful solo career, Yvonne went on to provide backing vocals on her material. Mavis is the only surviving member of the group.
The Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock an Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and also won a lifetime achievement Grammy at the awards’ 2005 ceremony.
Roebuck Staples passed away in 2000, while Cleotha Staples died in 2013 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.