Sharon Jones Memorials Planned For New York, Georgia

Sharon Jones
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Sharon Jones poses for a portrait session on March 19, 2010 in Austin, Texas.

A pair of public memorials will be held for late soul singer Sharon Jones, who died last month at the age of 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The two events will take place in Brooklyn, New York, on Dec. 14 at Brown Memorial Baptist Church (6:30 p.m.) and Augusta, Georgia, on Dec. 17 at the Imperial Theater (1 p.m.).

The events are open to family, friends and and fans. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the pancreatic cancer group The Lustgarten Foundation, The James Brown Family Foundation and the music charity Little Kids Rock.

The singer, who fronted the band The Dap-Kings, announced she had been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer and underwent surgery in 2013, postponing the release of her and the Dap-Kings' last album of original material, Give the People What They Want, which was released in 2014. Her diagnosis was later changed to stage-two pancreatic cancer, for which Jones had surgery and underwent chemotherapy.

Jones was the subject of the documentary Miss Sharon Jones! that was released earlier this year, following the singer -- often referred to as the "female James Brown" -- through her battle with cancer and return to the stage. In 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival at a screening for that documentary, Jones revealed that her cancer had returned and she wold be undergoing chemotherapy again.

In October, Jones canceled her scheduled performance at the White House's South by South Lawn event on due to pneumonia.


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