Otis Redding III, the son of the legendary 1960s soul singer Otis Redding, has passed away at the age of 59 after battling cancer.
Otis Redding III Dead: The news of his death was confirmed by his family in a statement, released on Wednesday by his sister, Karla Redding-Andrews where it was revealed that cancer was the cause of death.
The family’s statement also requested that the public keep them in their prayers during this difficult and trying time. “It is with heavy hearts that the family of Otis Redding III confirms that he lost his battle with cancer last evening at Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, Ga.,” the statement read. “Please keep our family in your prayers at this time and please respect our privacy as we consume this huge loss. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.”
Redding’s father tragically died in a plane crash when he was just three years old. Despite this, he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the music industry, forming the funk and soul band The Reddings with his younger brother Dexter.
The band recorded six albums, with their most well-known songs being “Remote Control” and “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”. In 1988, their album reached the 88th position on the US Billboard Album Chart.
After the band’s final album, Redding continued to perform and play music. He was even hired as a guitarist for soul singer Eddie Floyd before beginning to perform his father’s songs. Otis Redding Sr., also known as “the King of Soul,” was regarded as one of the greatest soul singers in America.
He also worked with The Otis Redding Foundation, founded by his mother, to organize summer camps that teach children to play music, and was board president for the local chapter of Meals on Wheels, according to the Associated Press.
Following the announcement of Otis Redding III’s death, fans flooded social media with messages of condolence. “I just can’t believe this news! Gone way too soon,” one fan wrote. “Macon has lost a true gentleman and a talented man. Prayers headed to the Redding family. May God hold you in peace and love.”