The late soul singer Sharon Jones, who passed away on November 18, allegedly blamed President-elect Donald Trump for a stroke she suffered on election night, according to the Los Angeles Times. “She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke,” Jones’ band mate, Gabriel Roth. Roth said of the 60-year-old singer, "Well, she’d been fighting fighting cancer for a few years now, and there’s been all kinds of stuff coming at her. But the thing that actually got her in the last couple of weeks was, she had a stroke watching the election results."
 
Roth said that while Jones could still speak, "She was blaming Trump for the whole thing." She suffered yet another stroke on the day after Trump was elected. Jones’ fellow band-mate of the Dap-Kings said “'She didn't want to stop singing.”
 
“She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke,” said Roth. Roth had joined Jones in Cooperstown, New York, and brought in other members of the band and her family. Jones succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a long convalescence. 
 
Jones did not enjoy commercial success until her 40s when she joined the Dap-Kings. According to the Los Angeles Times, Roth said of Jones as she was close to death, “She still couldn't talk, and couldn't answer questions, but that part of her that's singing, that part of her that made music and that loved music and that was musical just didn't want to go. It was just so strong.” 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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