Betty Wright, influential soul singer, dies at 66


Singer Betty Wright performs the National Anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(WRIC) — Soul singer Betty Wright has died at age 66, according to the New York Times.

White is most known for her early hits “No Pain, No Gain” and “The Cleanup Woman.” Her songs have continued to influence the music industry, being sampled by artists like Beyonce and DJ Khaled.

 Steve Greenberg of S-Curve Records confirmed her death, saying the singer discovered she had cancer in the fall, the Times reports.

Grammy award-winning artist Chaka Khan took to twitter just days prior to her death asking for prayers.

Wright died Sunday at her home in Miami. A cause of death has not yet been released.

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