R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass passed away Wednesday evening, January 13th. He was only 59 years old.
Pendergrass died due to complications stemming from a 1982 car accident which left him paralyzed. He passed in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hospital where he was born. Laura Barbaris, close friend and publicist to Pendergrass issued a statement saying:
“His beloved family surrounded him. The world has lost one of its greatest voices and performers.”
“His family is devastated. He has three children and, even though it was expected, it still hurts.”
For those who don’t know, Teddy started his career with the Cadillacs in the late 1960’s and was known for his hits like “Turn Off The Lights”, “Love TKO” and the hit with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”
After going solo, he received several Grammy nominations, Billboard’s 1977 Pop Album New Artist award and an American Music Award for best R&B performer of 1978.
Before he death he was working on a musical about his life called “I Am Who I Am”.
Our condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.