Billy Paul

The R&B singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was hospitalised last week, according to his manager.

He reportedly died on Sunday at his home in New Jersey.

The artist was best known for the '70s track Me and Mrs Jones for which he won a Grammy.

His career in showbiz began when he was just aged 11 after he appeared on a Philadelphia-based radio station.

Paul received his vocal training at the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.

In 1957, the star served in the army alongside Elvis Presley and Gary Crosby, son of Bing Crosby, according to BillyPaul.com.

A statement was also released on the website which read: "We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition.

"We would like to extend out 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 pioneer today's R&B music. Billy will be truly missed."

He is survived by his wife, Blanche.

Paul's most famous song, Me and Mrs Jones, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100

He released 15 albums between 1968 and 1988, but never reached the same success as he did with Me and Mrs Jones.

The iconic song was covered by Michael Bublé in 2007 and featured his then-girlfriend Emily Blunt.

 
 
 
 

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