Sharon Jones, the soul singer and voice of the Dap-Kings, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old.

Jones had been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013 and took a break from touring to undergo chemotherapy and surgery. The cancer went into remission, but returned this year. She continued performing throughout the summer and was scheduled to perform at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn in a few weeks.

"Getting out on that stage, that's my therapy," Jones told the New York Times in July. "You have to look at life the way it is. No one knows how long I have. But I have the strength now, and I want to continue."

Jones was born in still-segregated Augusta, Georgia and moved with her mother to Bed-Stuy when she was six years old. She grew up singing in gospel choirs and later performed in "Sister Salvation," an off-Broadway play. But, as she sings in "I'm Still Here," record executives considered her "too short, too fat, too black, and too old."

Variety reports that Jones released her first album at the age of 40 after years of booking occasional small gigs in Brooklyn and performing as a wedding singer with the band Good N Plenty. Before finding success as a musician in her 40s, she worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and an armed security guard for Wells Fargo.

Jones's publicist announced her death on Facebook and said that she was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Jones has asked that fans and loved ones donate to three organizations instead of sending flowers: Cure Pancreatic Cancer - The Lustgarden Foundation, the James Brown Family Foundation, and Little Kids Rock.