Teddy Pendergrass 1950 - 2010
January 14, 2010 5:39 AM Subscribe
Singer Teddy Pendergrass has passed away. Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, Sr.
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died yesterday at a hospital in the Philadelphia area.
Pendergrass, who began his career as a drummer, rose to fame when he became the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
, with hits such as If You Don't Know Me By Now
and I Miss You
He later went solo, with hits such as The More I Get the More I Want
and Close The Door
. In 1982 he was involved in a car accident where the brakes of his Rolls Royce failed, and he hit a tree. He suffered a spinal cord injury paralyzing him from the waist down.
After his accident he continued performing and recording throughout the 80's and 90's.
In 2009, Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery from which he had difficulty recovering. He passed away on January 13, 2010, at age 59, at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia.