January 14, 2010
Posted: 01:57 AM ET
(CNN) - R&B Legend Teddy Pendergrass died Wednesday evening, his publicist said. He was 59.
Pendergrass, known for smash love ballads such as "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love TKO," died after after a long illness, according to Lisa Barbaris, who described herself as a close friend and his last publicist.
"His beloved family surrounded him. The world has lost one of it's greatest voices and performers," a statement from Barbaris said.
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