Charles Bradley, the acclaimed soul singer and exuberant live performer who saw his career ascend late in life, has died following a long bout with cancer. He was 68.
"I find some solace knowing that he will continue to inspire love and music in this world for generations to come," he added. "I told him as much a few days ago. He smiled and told me, 'I tried.' It was probably the simplest and most inspiring thing he ever told me. I think he wanted to hug each person on this planet individually. I mean that literally, and anyone that ever saw him knows that he honestly tried."