Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dies At 68

Charles Bradley, the acclaimed soul singer whose career blossomed late in life, has died following a battle with stomach cancer.

Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his tour in support of his 2016 album, Changes. Although the singer was able to return to touring earlier this year, he once again had to cancel his entire fall tour in September 2017 when the cancer returned and spread to his liver.

Bradley was often referred to as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" because of his powerful performances and raspy sound that mirrored the style of his musical hero, James Brown. The soul singer did not release his first album until 2011 at the age of 62, but he quickly found success and was even nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program following a performance on CBS This Morning: Saturday in 2016.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," a statement read on Bradley's Facebook page. "Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on." 

Our thoughts are with Bradley's family at this difficult time.