April 14, 2015 – Louisiana TV station KATC is reporting that soul legend Percy Sledge, whose song “When a Man Loves a Woman” topped charts all around the world in 1966, died this morning at his Baton Rouge home. He was 74.
The station reports that according to East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. William ‘Beau’ Clark, Sledge died of natural causes while under hospice care. Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but had resumed touring afterwards.
Musician Bootsy Collins paid tribute on his Facebook page with the words: “Just lost another legend funkateers, Mr Percy Sledge.”
Thursday will mark the 49th anniversary of the release of “When a Man Loves a Woman” as a single. His other hits included “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up”, and “Take Time to Know Her”.
Sledge’s contributions to the music industry earned him a number of awards, including a Blues Music Award, a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and induction into the Delta Music, Louisiana Music, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
Sledge is survived by his wife and children. Funeral arrangements are pending.