PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF) - We have lost another music icon, this time it hit close to home. Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul has died at the age of 81, after a battle with cancer.
Paul is most known for his 1972 hit, “Me and Mrs. Jones.” His manager Beveryly Gay reports the singer was hospitalized last week. She posted the following message on his website:
We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition.
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered today's R&B music. Billy will be truly missed.
Please share you thought, messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend.
Paul, a Philadelphia native, performed with Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, and Charlie “Bird” Parker. He released several albums and won a Grammy for “Me and Mrs. Jones".
In January, he received acknowledgement from the first family for his decade’s long contribution to music.