Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass dies

Soul singer had battled colon cancer

Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass has died aged 59, his son has confirmed.

The star passed away at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia on Wednesday (January 13), following a battle with colon cancer.

His first success was as singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, though Pendergrass went solo in 1976. Among his biggest hits were ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ (with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes), ‘Close The Door’ and ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’. He also famously guested on Whitney Houston‘s massive-selling 1985 eponymous debut, singing a duet with her on ‘Hold Me’.

A car crash in 1982 left the singer paralysed from the waist down, and as a result he didn’t tour again until 2001 (though he did carry on releasing albums).

Speaking after his death, Pendergrass‘ son Teddy Pendergrass II paid tribute to his fans telling BBC News: “To all his fans who loved his music, thank you”, adding that his father “will live on through his music”.

Pendergrass is survived by his wife, his son, two daughters, his mother and nine grandchildren.