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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Teddy Pendergrass Dead at 59Teddy Pendergrass

Black Tennis Pro's Teddy Pendergrass Dead at 59Last summer, buzz started brewing that the 'Love T.K.O.' singer was on his deathbed.

At the time, the Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter was hospitalized at Philadelphia's Bryn Mawr Hospital for about a month, and the nature of his illness was not publicly known. He and his new wife, Joan, addressed the rumors and expressed gratitude to his loyal legion of fans for their support.

"I wish to thank my fans for their prayers, concerns and love," Pendergrass disclosed in a statement. "While I have faced recent health challenges, I am in the care of my wonderful doctors, wife Joan and family."

"We ask at this time that you respect our privacy," the statement continued. "Do know that I'm looking forward to continuing my work at the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries."

Since becoming quadriplegic following a horrific 1982 car accident, the Kingstree, South Carolina native (real name: Theodore DeReese Pendergrass) was actively involved in improving the lives of others suffering spinal cord injuries through the Spinal Cord Injury Association.

The former Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes front man celebrated his successful music career in 2007 at "Teddy 25."

For full article go to Blackvoices.com.

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