The entertainment world has been rocked by yet another tragic loss. This time, it has been confirmed that Betty Wright is no longer with us.
Betty Wright has died: What’s the cause of death?
According to a recent CNN report, Betty Wright put up a valiant effort in her fight against endometrial cancer but after months of battling the disease, she succumbed to it in her home in Miami.
No statement has been released by her family at this time.
Wright will be remembered for her soul catalogue
Soul music lovers will remember Wright for her classic hit song Clean Up Woman, which became a Top 5 smash in the 1980s. However, what many would not know is that the 66-year-old was a singing sensation since the age of 14.
Wright was 14 years old when she released her first album, with the standout record Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do. The singer would go on to perform on many stages under the family group Echoes of Joy, until 1985 when she started her own label.
In 1988, she would be etched in history as the first woman to get a gold plaque for 500 000 records sold under her own label. Wright’s music remains relevant to this day and has been reworked by the likes of Mary J Blige (Real Love), Sublime (Get Out) and Afrika Bambaataa (Zulu War Chant).
Fans and celebrities caught wind of her passing and these are the tributes we came across on social media: