Lady Marmalade singer Sarah Dash dies aged 76 as Patti Labelle leads tributes

Labelle singer Sarah Dash has died, aged 76.

The star, who is most known for 1974 hit Lady Marmalade, died just days after her final performance.

New Jersey mayor Reed Gusciora confirmed the news on his Facebook page, stating: ‘Our resident legend and Trenton’s very first music ambassador, Sarah Dash, has passed away… Our motto, “Trenton Makes, the World Takes” was alive and well with Sarah.

‘What Sarah made was beautiful music refined by a lifetime of experience and numerous contributions to the arts and the community.

‘What the world takes is a timeless inspiration of a woman who touched the highest peaks of stardom and never forgot where she came from.’

Dash’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Close friend and former bandmate Patti LaBelle led tributes to the music icon, who joined her on stage just three days ago.

Sharing videos and pictures of their time together, and memories of Dash’s incredible career, the music icon shared her ‘heartbreak’.

She began: ‘We were just on-stage together on Saturday and it was such a powerful and special moment! 

‘#SarahDash was an awesomely talented, beautiful, and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say. And I could always count on her to have my back!

‘I used to sneak into the rehearsal studio back in the day to listen to #labelle tear it up. #ripsarahdash.’

Dash came to fame in the 60s, when she met Patti, Cindy Birdsong and Nona Hendryx, and they formed the Bluebelles – before later becoming Labelle when Cindy departed in 1967.

They released their debut album in 1971, with their most recognisable hit coming in 1974 with Lady Marmalade, which was later covered by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Pink in 2001.

Dash later embarked on a solo career after the group members went their separate ways in 1977, releasing three albums in that time before producing her own one-woman shows, and touring with the Rolling Stones.

Labelle reunited in 1995 for single Turn It Out, and then again for an album 13 years later.

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