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May 12, 2020

Patti LaBelle Mourns Betty Wright in an Emotional Post

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Patti LaBelle remembers Betty Wright as "a beautiful spirit" in an emotional tribute to the late Grammy-award winner and six-time nominee.

Patti LaBelle is mourning fellow soul singer and songwriter Betty Wright, who died on Sunday at the age of 66. The "Lady Marmalade" singer took to her Instagram to post a beautiful black and white picture of the late musician.

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In her caption, Patti said, Betty was "one of the very best to ever do this thing called music." According to The Guardian, LaBelle has joined DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, and more artists in remembering the award-winning musician.

Betty's death was first announced by her Niece, but it was Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records that shared the cause of death.

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The "Clean Up Woman" hit-maker, Wright was born in Miami in 1953, and Guardian reports that she began her music career with her family's gospel music group, "Echoes of Joy," at the age of 2.

The group split up when she was 11, and a year later, in 1996, after switching her music style to R&B, she got signed to Deep City Records. 

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Betty, who is remembered for her high register voice, was, however, best known for her song "Clean Up Woman," which she recorded at the age of 17.

The track reached No. 6 in the US charts in 1971, and according to Guardian, the song has been sampled by different artists, including Mary J Blige and Chance the Rapper. Several of her other tracks have also been tested by Beyoncé, 2Pac, YG, and Slim Thug.

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Guardian adds that Wright was majorly a solo musician for most of her career, but in 2011 she collaborated with hip-hop group, "Roots" on her album “Betty Wright: The Movie.” Her most recent album, released in 2014, also featured rap producer DJ Khaled and rapper Rick Ross.

Betty's death was first announced by her Niece, but it was Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records that shared the cause of death.

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According to CNN, Steve told the New York Times that the "No Pain, No Gain" singer had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer last fall. 

Betty is not; however, the first person Patti LaBelle will be losing to cancer. IMDB website records that all three of her sisters died from some form of cancer.

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