Jones passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 60, and now in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dap-King Gabriel Roth has revealed Jones suffered a stroke while watching the results of the recent US Presidential election.
Roth revealed that Jones was blaming President-elect Donald Trump for the stroke. “She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke,” Roth says.
Jones would go on to suffer another stroke the very next day, after which she was increasingly unable to speak, but reportedly continued to hum and sing gospel lyrics until she died.
“She still couldn’t talk, and couldn’t answer questions, but 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,” Roth says.
Jones continued performing long after her diagnosis in 2013. Just this year she joined Iggy Pop to honour David Bowie (who also passed away earlier this year from cancer) by performing Tonight at a New York charity concert curated by composer Philip Glass.
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