RIP: Teddy Pendergrass

Music News | Jan 14th, 2010

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R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass has passed away at the age of 59. Teddy started off as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which did songs like “If You Don’t Know Me By Now;” then he branch out onto his own. He’s most know for the songs “Love TKO” and “Turn Off the Lights.” In 1982, he was in car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down, but that didn’t stop him from going into the studio to record new music. in 2009, he went in to have surgery for colon cancer and never recovered from it. Teddy Pendergrass’s soulful baritone voice will be missed.

(CNN) — R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass died Wednesday evening, his former publicist said. He was 59.

Pendergrass, known for smash love ballads such as “Turn Off the Lights” and “Love TKO,” died after a long illness, according to Lisa Barbaris, who described herself as a close friend and his last publicist.

He died at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born.

His family did not reveal details about his illness, but said it was related to complications from a 1982 car accident, Barbaris said.

Listen and watch some videos from Teddy Pendergrass!

“Love TKO”

“When Somebody Loves You Back”

“The More I Get,The More I Want”

Eddie Murphy talking about Teddy Pendergrass in Delirious:

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