Sharon Jones Suffered A Stroke Watching The Election Results

first_imgMusic fans everywhere were crushed last Friday, November 18th, when beloved soul singer Ms. Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Unfortunately, though that cancer returned late last year, Jones remained optimistic and still performed occasionally.With the shocking news of Sharon Jones’ death, the Los Angeles Times spoke with her bandmate in the Dap-Kings, Gabriel Roth, to learn more about her final days. Roth explained that Jones suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 Presidential Election, saying “Well, she’d been fighting fighting cancer for a few years now, and there’s been all kinds of stuff coming at her. But the thing that actually got her in the last couple of weeks was, she had a stroke watching the election results. After that first stroke she couldn’t move her leg, but she could still talk.I flew out and met her up in the hospital in Cooperstown, and I saw her and she told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke. She was blaming Trump for the whole thing.”Roth continues the story, explaining that on the following day, Jones unfortunately suffered a second stroke that left her unable to speak. However, “that part of her that’s singing, that part of her that made music and that loved music and that was musical just didn’t want to go. It was just so strong.” Even though she couldn’t speak, Jones was still able to hum along with the band. The entire group was at her side when she passed.We’ll miss you, Sharon Jones. Rest in peace.last_img