Betty Wright: Grammy award-winning R&B singer dies from cancer at 66

Betty Wright: Grammy award-winning R&B singer dies from cancer at 66

- Soul singer Betty Wright has died from cancer at the age of 66

- The Grammy Award-winning singer died at her home in Miami

- Messages of condolences and tributes from celebrities and her fans have flooded social media since the news of her death broke

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Award-winning R&B singer Betty Wright has died from cancer, multiple media outlets have reported.

The Tonight Is The Night hitmaker died at her home in Miami. Sources close to the 66-year-old's family have confirmed her death, according to Essence.

The late star won a Grammy Award in 1974 when her song Where Is The Love won the Best R&B Song.

At age 15, Betty released her first solo album My First Time Around. The album had her first Top 40 song titled Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.

She continued releasing music throughout the late 70s and early 80s. Her 1998 hit No Pain (No Gain) was Betty's last significant song on the charts in a career spanning five decades, Essence reports.

Since the news of her passing broke, tributes and condolences from the music fraternity, celebrities and her fans have flooded social media.

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Jawn Murray wrote:

"R&B singer #BettyWright has died at 66 after a cancer battle. She was a trailblazer in music who once sued Color Me Badd for sampling her hit 'Tonight Is The Night' on their song 'I Wanna Sex You Up' & was awarded 35 percent of their royalties."

Queen Naija said:

"Betty Wright was a legend. I grew up off her songs. May she rest in peace."

Shelley Wade wrote:

"I think it’s nice that people seem relieved that Betty White didn’t pass away. But during your relief, also try to show some compassion that Betty Wright actually did pass away. Her life meant something as well. #RIPBettyWright."

John Legend commented:

"I loved being around Ms Betty Wright. She was always so loving and giving to younger artists. Always engaged, always relevant. She will be missed."

Skip Marley said:

"Rest in power to a legend, Betty Wright. Our beloved aunty, mentor, and vocal coach Red heart. She stood by me every step of the way. Taught us so much. She will be missed."

@stevie7497_ wrote:

"RIP to soul legend Betty Wright Red heart. Tonight Is The Night will always be a favourite of mine Red heart #bettywright"

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