Taylor Hill/WireImageYvonne Staples, longtime member of the famous gospel and soul group The Staple Singers, died today, a rep for her sister Mavis confirmed to ABC Radio. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a Chicago funeral home confirmed to them that the singer passed away at age 80 at her home on the city’s South Shore.

The Staple Singers were a family act formed by Yvonne’s father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and also originally featuring her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and her brother, Pervis. Yvonne eventually replaced Pervis as a backing vocalist in the group. The Staple Singers initially were a popular gospel act that took part in many civil rights rallies and protests, often with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The group eventually began recording secular soul and R&B music, and scored a series of major hits during the 1970s, including the chart-topping singles “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again.” They also made a memorable appearance in The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese‘s classic 1978 documentary about The Band‘s farewell concert.

In 1999, Yvonne was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Staple Singers. Although the band ended after the death of Pops Staples in 2000, Yvonne continued to perform for many years as a backing vocalist for her sister Mavis.

Yvonne’s older sister, Cleotha, died in 2013 of Alzheimer’s disease. In a February 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Mavis revealed that Yvonne was suffering from dementia.

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