Singer Percy Sledge dies at age 73

Percy Sledge, the soul singer who took “When a Man Loves a Woman” to the top of the charts in 1966, died this morning at his Baton Rouge home. He was 73.

Reports are that Sledge died of natural causes while under hospice care.

Prior to becoming a recording artist, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse. He caught his big break when he recorded “When a Man Loves a Woman.” The track soared to number-one on both the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent two weeks at the summit, and on the Billboard R&B Chart, where it held the top spot for six weeks.

Thursday will mark the 49th anniversary of the release of “When a Man Loves a Woman” as a single.

Sledge is survived by his wife and children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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