The 80-year-old musician died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Billy had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer.
“We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition,” said a statement posted to his official website. “We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered today’s R&B music. Billy will be truly missed. Please share you thought, messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend.”
Our thoughts are with Billy‘s loved ones during this time.