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Theodore “Teddy” DeReese Pendergrass aka TEDDY PENDERGRASS has passed away at 9:59pm tonight on January 13 age 59 at Bryn Mawr Hospital, located in Newtown Square, PA. The soul singer had been suffering from a rare illness associated with his paralysis and was hospitalized since August of 2009.

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Teddy Pendergrass was born to Ida Geraldine Epps and the late Jesse Pendergrass. Pendergrass’s career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer of the group.

Pendergrass launched a solo career and released hit singles like “The More I Get the More I Want,” “Close the Door,” “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Turn Off the Lights” and others. His first solo album was self titled Teddy Pendergrass (1977), followed by Life is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Live Coast to Coast and Teddy (1979), 1980’s TP and the final Philadelphia International Records album It’s Time for Love (1981) . He also sang a duet with Whitney Houston on “Hold Me,” from her self-titled debut album.

Our prayers go out to his family. He will be deeply missed.

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