Singer passes away in hospital

Soul legend Teddy Pendergrass has died at the age of 59.

The singer passed away at a Philadelphia hospital following ‘a difficult recovery’ from colon cancer surgery, his son has confirmed.

‘To all his fans who loved his music, thank you,’ Teddy Pendergrass II tells The Associated Press. ‘He will live on through his music.’

Teddy found fame with band Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – with hits including If You Don’t Know Me By Now – in the early 1970s.

He later went on to have a successful solo career with tracks Love TKO, Close The Door and Turn Off The Lights.

Teddy was left paralysed from the waist down and was confined to a wheelchair after a 1982 car accident.

He later founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries.