Percy Sledge, the singer known for his song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” has died Tuesday, April 14 at the age of 73. The iconic R&B singer passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after battling liver cancer, his representative confirmed.
According to Dr. William Clark from the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, the singer died of natural cause. Sledge had not staged any performances since March 2014 when he was diagnosed with the cancer.
R&B singer Percy Sledge began his career as a singer in the 1960s and delivered a lot of hits including “Woman,” which topped the charts for a long period of time.
“Take Time to Know Her,” and “It Tears Me Up” were some of his massive hits. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was reissued in 1987, and topping the charts again. The singer himself mentioned that the inspiration for the song came when his girlfriend left him. The song was no. 53 of the 500 best songs of all time, selected by Rolling Stone magazine.
Sledge, who had 12 children, married twice in his life. He is survived by his second wife, Rosa, and his children.