Charles Bradley, an acclaimed soul singer and former James Brown impersonator, died following a bout of stomach and liver cancer on September 23rd. He was 68.
"The world lost a ton of heart today," Gabriel Roth, co-founder of Bradley's label Daptone Records, said in a statement. "Charles was somehow one of the meekest and strongest people I've ever known. His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity. His soulful moans and screams will echo forever on records and in the ears and hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share time with him. I find some solace knowing that he will continue to inspire love and music in this world for generations to come. I told him as much a few days ago. He smiled and told me, 'I tried.' It was probably the simplest and most inspiring thing he ever told me. I think he wanted to hug each person on this planet individually. I mean that literally, and anyone that ever saw him knows that he honestly tried."