Bessie Regina Norris, American soul and R&B singer better known as Betty Wright, has passed away at 66.


According to Billboard, the award-winning singer died after battling with cancer in her Miami home in the US on Sunday.

Her death comes days after Chaka Kahn, her friend and fellow singer, took to her social media page to solicit prayers for Wright, whom she claimed was in a critical condition then.

“My beloved sister, Betty Wright, is now in need of all your prayers. In Jesus Name, we Pray for Sister Betty,” she had posted on her Instagram page then.


But on Sunday, she did a follow-up post, announcing the demise of the gifted singer.

“Brothers & Sisters, we mourn the loss of a beautiful soul this morning in my sister and friend #BettyWright God Bless her in heaven. I will miss her so, as I know you all will as well,” she wrote.


Born on December 21, 1953, Wright kickstarted her music career with the Echoes of Joy, a family group, which focuses on gospel songs.

In 1968, she released ‘Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do’, her first album, at the age of 14, and gained prominence in 1971 with the release of ‘Clean Up Woman’, her hit project.

She went on to release strings of other hit songs including ‘Tonight is the Night’, ‘Where is the Love’ and ‘No Pain, No Gain’.

Her death further stretches the lists of celebrities who have breathed their last since the dawn of this year from several illness including those who contracted COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.


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