R & B Legend Teddy Pendergrass Passes Away

Teddy Pendergrass. File Photo

Teddy Pendergrass has passed away at the age of 59 years old.  He died where he was born, Philadelphia, Pa. 

His son, Teddy Pendergrass II said he underwent colon cancer surgery 8 months ago and had a difficult recovery.  

Pendergrass won Best Pop New Artist at the 1977 Grammys and had several major hits including “Love TKO” “Close The Door” and “I Don’t Love you Anymore”.  Teddy’s music was sensual and erotic without having to utter one curse word. 

Teddy was the first black artist to have 5 consecutive platinum records to his name. 

In 1982, Pendergrass had his career derailed as he was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down after he was it in the spinal cord.  Teddy took the stage in 1985 for a Live Aid benefit but did not do a full concert until almost 2 decades later.

“To all his fans who loved his music, thank you,” his son said. “He will live on through his music.”

Teddy, you will be missed.-Dr.FB

Listen to “Love T.K.O.” by Teddy Pendergrass:



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  • CfromtheD
    Posted at 09:52h, 16 January

    Rest in peace Teddy… Your music lives on and you are missed!!

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  • nancy b
    Posted at 17:26h, 14 January

    So sad. RIP TP. What a beautiful voice he had. He will be missed by many!

  • Chocolate_Box
    Posted at 11:05h, 14 January

    He is truly a legend that will be missed. He was the first black male sex symbol in RnB….R.I.P TEDDY PENDERGRASS

  • LexAve456
    Posted at 09:56h, 14 January

    This is such sad news. He made so much great music and you are right Doc, he didn’t have to be nasty and curse to be sensual and erotic. His legacy will live on and my prayers go out to his family.

    RIP Mr Pendergrass

  • Georgie
    Posted at 08:02h, 14 January

    The voice and music will live on. RIP TP x

  • justmemuchlove
    Posted at 06:34h, 14 January

    RIP Teddy P.

  • lovesigner
    Posted at 02:56h, 14 January

    The first time I saw Teddy Pendergrass was in the Bahamas when he was playing DRUMS with Harold Melvin! Next time, he was giving us that special voice of his and that sexy persona that we’ll never forget. I just looked at a performance on youtube and remembered the old days! We’ll miss him being here, but as his son said, he’ll live on through his music. Rest in peace, TP!

  • Amalia
    Posted at 02:34h, 14 January

    Rest in peace Mr. Pendergrass. Thank you for all the beautiful music.

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