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: