Soul singer Charles Bradley has died, aged 68

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Charles Bradley, RIP

His final album, "Changes", was released previous year. Bradley headed out on the road earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health but the cancer recently returned, spreading to his liver.

Bradley became a successful musician late in life. The 2012 documentary "Charles Bradley: Soul of America", documented the creative journey of "No Time For Dreaming".

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A Florida native, Bradley as a teenager in NY discovered soul legend James Brown at the Apollo Theater and later found a career as an impersonator. He even spent time as a James Brown impersonator. That's why sometimes I like to go into the audience and just hug them, especially when I see someone hurting. I think that he touched the right people's heart that believed in me and gave me a chance to come out.

Charles Bradley, a soul singer who found fame in his later years, has died from cancer aged 68.

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Upon announcing the cancellation of his tour dates earlier this month, Bradley had vowed to "fight through this like I've fought through the many other obstacles in my life" and said that the support of his fans "truly lifted me up and kept me going. With God's will, I'll be back soon". According to a statement, Bradley passed in Brooklyn "surrounded by family and friends including members of the bands he worked closely with: Menahan Street Band, His Extraordinaires, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz-his band from his time performing as Black Velvet".

In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to All-Stars Project and Music Unites. Mr. Bradley toured for a while as the opening act for the late Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, delivering his unique brand of soul, with lyrics that touched the heart and soul.

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Bradley, at a listening party for his 2016 record Changes, told this reporter - in a conversation often punctuated by Bradley holding up a finger, smiling and singing along to his new record - he'd helped construct the studio in which he'd later record.

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