Another music legend has died today. Teddy Pendergrass, passed away at the age of 59, surrounded by his family and friends.
According to ABC News, Teddy Pendergrass II mentioned that his father had gone under colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had a hard time recovering. Pendergrass also stated, “To all his fans who loved his music, thank you. He will live on through his music.” The singer died Wednesday night at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia.
Before announcing retirement in 2006, Teddy Pendergrass was involved in a severe car accident in 1982 when his brakes failed to work. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down with a little use of his arms. However, 13 albums were still put out under his name after the accident. He also performed at Live Aid in 1985 in his wheelchair making it his first come back stage appearance. He even went on to star in the Gospel musical, You Arms Too Short to Box with God.
In his autobiography he said, “God saved my life, I’ve come full circle, a couple of times. So maybe I can help inspire somebody else to get through their hard times, not because I’m trying to be inspirational. I’m just trying to live my life. But I think there is a higher purpose, so I decided to let it all out.”
Teddy an Aries, was best known for his soulful and sexy voice. Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career at the end of the decade.
Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be greatly missed.