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Percy Sledge, ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Singer, Dead at 74

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Iconic musician Percy Sledge died at age 74 on April 14.

The Associated Press reports (via ABC News) that East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark says the singer died of natural causes shortly after midnight. He was in his home at the time.

Sledge is best known for his hit song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which went to No. 1 in 1966. Since then, it’s been featured in a number of films including The Big Chill, The Crying Game and When a Man Loves a Woman. The deeply moving song is also a favorite at weddings. As ABC reports, Sledge himself even performed it at Steve Van Zandt’s wedding.

Sledge was at the forefront of Alabama’s Muscle Shoals music scene, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones would later record. Sledge’s other popular songs include “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Out of Left Field,” “Take Time to Know Her” and “I’ll Be Your Everything.”

Sledge’s icon status was solidified in 2005, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

According to ABC, the singer underwent surgery for liver cancer in January 2014, but then resumed touring. It is unclear if his passing is connected to the condition.

Our thoughts are with Percy’s family, friends and loved ones during this sad time. You can watch Percy Sledge perform his iconic hit “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the video below.

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