Sharon Jones, a force of nature in soul and funk, died Friday at 60 years old after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The relentless performer captivated fans with her nonstop energy, powered by her backing band, the Dap-Kings.
Fellow musicians and many in Hollywood paid tribute to Jones on social media after her death was announced.
“The fabulous Sharon Jones has passed tonight she & her band The DapKings made great music together & she sang her butt off. Condolences RIP,” actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted.
“My deepest condolences 2 the family of [Sharon Jones]. She was the real deal in this industry,” Chaka Khan mourned. “2016 you’ve been awful.”
Vella Lovell from Crazy Ex Girlfriend also remembered the powerful singer: “No, not #SharonJones too. This is absolutely heartbreaking. She was 1 of my favorites. There must be a symphony happening in the afterlife.”
See a collection of memorial tweets below.
Tonight we lost a true and beautiful soul: Sharon Jones. My heart aches, but I smile to the night sky as I keep her in my memory. She lived every day to the fullest, danced like there was no tomorrow and lit a fire inside everyone she met. She was a teacher, a fighter, a sister, a dreamer, an amazing musician and most importantly…a true friend. Rest in loving peace, Sharon Jones. ❤️