Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with cancer. The 57-year-old soul singer, who performs with the funk group the Dap-Kings, announced the news on the group's website, saying she has a stage-one tumor on her bile duct, but reassured fans that she was "down, but not out!" The statement also revealed that Jones detected the cancer early and that she was expected to make a full recovery.
The news forced Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings to cancel their upcoming shows and postpone an album originally slated for an Aug. 6, 2013, release date.
An excerpt from the announcement is below:
“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”
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