Percy Sledge
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Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge has passed away at age 73. The iconic r'n'b star, who was best known for his 1966 hit When A Man Loves A Woman, passed away on 14 April 2015 at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his agent confirmed to ABC News.

"He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don't find that in this business very often," said Stephen Green from talent agency Artists International Management. "He was truly a standout."

Before catapulting to international fame Sledge worked as a nurse at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. It was there that he would meet record producer Quin Ivy who helped launch his singing career.

During his illustrious career Sledge released nine albums that included hits Warm And Tender Love and It Tears Me Up. His last record was 2013's The Gospel Of Percy Sledge.

He was inducted into the into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Sledge is survived by his wife of 35 years Rosa, their 12 children, and 15 grandchildren.

Before catapulting to international fame Sledge worked as a nurse at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. It was there that he would meet record producer Quin Ivy who helped launch his singing career.