R&B legend loses battle with cancer

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PHILADELPHIA (WSFA) -  R&B legend of the 70s and 80s and five time Grammy nominated, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass lost his battle with colon cancer Wednesday night. He died at Bryn Mawr Hospital outside of his native Philadelphia with family.

Pendergrass gained fame as the lead singer of the group, "Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes," and their hit song "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

After a car accident in 1982, Pendergrass was left paralyzed from the waist. He didn't let his paralysis prevent him from performing.

Pendergrass went on making top-charting hits like, 1988's "Joy" and 1991's "It Should've Been You."

His son Teddy Pendergrass II said, "To all of his fans who loved his music, thank you. He will live on through his music."

He was 59-years-old.

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