Percy Sledge, singer of classic soulful ballad ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ dies

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Legendary R&B singer Percy Sledge has died at the age of 73, CNN has confirmed.

The crooner, best known for his classic song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” passed away Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The cause of death was not immediately available.

“Woman” was a massive hit, topping the charts in 1966 and appearing on numerous movie soundtracks. It was later famously covered by Michael Bolton.

In 1987, the single was reissued and made the top 10 in the UK.

Sledge followed it up with more romantic songs like “Warm and Tender Love” and “It Tears Me Up,” and continued to record through the 1990s.