News: R&B Legend Teddy Pendergrass Passes Away At 59

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 10:45AM

Written by Rosario Harper

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 59.

According to reports, the singer passed away Wednesday (January 13).

Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most successful R&B singers of the 1970s and '80s, passed away yesterday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass was diagnosed with cancer last year and had a difficult time recovering from surgery; he died at Bryn Mawr Hospital outside of his native Philadelphia. (Rolling Stone)

The singer had break out fame in the 1970's.

Pendergrass broke out on his own in 1976, and became the first black male singer in history to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums. After playing to sold-out shows around the globe, tragedy struck in 1982 when he lost control of his Rolls-Royce and crashed on Wissahickon Drive, resulting in severe spinal chord damage and paralyzing him from the waist down. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

His passing has caught the attention of artists like DJ Drama.

"RT @questlove sad loss. just heard the immortal Teddy Pendergrass has just gone to a better place. Soul will never be the same," he wrote on Twitter. "Teddy had the OG Philly beard and had all the jawns throwin they panties! RIP Teddy............His music will live forever!" (DJ Drama's Twitter)

Young Money's singer Shanell also displayed her shock in learning of the music legend's loss.

"dont tell me teddy pendergrass is not alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," she wrote Wednesday night. "HHHOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!! WWWWWHHHEEEENNNNNN... I WAS OUT CHILLIN... AND I GET TO TWITTER AND THIS IS THE NEWS I GET!!!!" (Shanell's Twitter)

Check out Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO" down below:

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