Soul singer Charles Bradley has passed on at the age of 68 following a battle with cancer.

Bradley, whose career started in his later years, was known for his style, which modeled that of his role model, legendary singer James Brown. 

His debut album, No Time For Dreaming,  was released in 2011, when Bradley was 62 years old.

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He was diagnosed with a stomach cancer in 2016, and it later spread to his liver.

“Charles was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on,” a statement from his record label, Daptone, read.

He started performing in the ’90s under the name Black Velvet as a James Brown impersonator, before catching the attention of Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth, who began releasing singles by Bradley in 2002.

Bradley was the subject of a documentary, Soul of America, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2012, and released two more albums after No Time for Dreaming — 2013’s Victim of Love and 2016’s Changes.