*As we reported earlier, Sharon Jones, the soulfully explosive vocalist for the Dap-Kings band reportedly passed away last Friday (11-18-16) at the age of 60 from cancer. But, there’s more to the story, we’re finding out.
It seems Jones also suffered a stroke which was induced by Donald Trump winning the recently concluded presidential election.
Dap-Kings member Gabriel Roth told the LA Times that Jones was watching election day coverage when the stroke had occurred. He told the news outlet that when he went to visit Jones in the hospital that night (Nov. 8), she pointed to the presidential results as the cause of her health condition, which, according to Roth, ultimately led to her death.
“She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke. She was blaming Trump for the whole thing,” Roth said. “She’d been 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.”
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Roth also said that in the hospital, Jones was surrounded by friends, family, as well as the rest of the Dap-Kings, who seemingly lifted her spirits with their music.
“It was kind of remarkable. She was just moaning at first, and then she was moaning in tune and then she started following chord changes and pretty soon she was humming ‘His Eye on the Sparrow’ […],” Roth explained. “We all just kept playing and singing with her, and little by little over the next couple of days she actually started moving her mouth and started singing lyrics. She just wanted to sing these gospel songs. Every time we’d stop, she’d just keep singing—‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain,’ ‘This Little Light of Mine.’ We just stayed with her and sang with her and played music with her.”
Read/learn MORE at LA Times.