Percy Sledge, 74, soul balladeer of 'When a Man Loves a Woman'

April 15, 2015 7:05 AM

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Percy Sledge, 74, the Alabama-born soul balladeer whose emotional, pleading style propelled "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the top of the rhythm-and-blues and pop charts in 1966 and made the song one of the defining soul records of all time, died Tuesday at his home in Baton Rouge, La.

In early 2014, he began withdrawing from concerts after reportedly being diagnosed with liver cancer.

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