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Legendary Singer Nancy Wilson Dies at 81

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FNN NEWS) – Singer Nancy Wilson, whose torch song stylings made her a pop and jazz favorite for more than five decades, has died at age 81. She passed on Thursday, December 13, 2018 after a long illness at her Pioneertown home near Joshua Tree in California, according to her publicist.

Wilson also had a prolific career on television, film and radio. Her credits include Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, the Robert Townsend spoof Meteor Man and years hosting NPR’s Jazz Profiles series. She was active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, and she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

In accordance with Wilson’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life will be held most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

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Vera Wilkerson is a contributor for Florida National News. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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