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OTRC: Billy Scott, R&B singer of The Prophets, dies at age 70

R&B singer Billy Scott has died at age 70 after battling pancreatic cancer.

The music artist passed away at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 17, according to a message posted on the website of his group the Party Prophets, also dubbed The Prophets, which released songs in the 1960s and 1970s such as "I Got The Fever," "California" and "Nobody Loves Me Like You."

"It is with great sadness to inform you all that Billy Scott passed away this morning November 17 at 10:30 after his battle with pancreatic cancer," the message said. "Thanks for all the cards, letters, thoughts, prayers, and financial support. Also thanks to everyone involved in planning upcoming numerous Billy Scott Fundraisers in North and South Carolina to help Gail, his wife with medical expenses."

Scott was one of two lead singers of his group. The other is Cindy Floyd. The group also contains four other members and plays Christmas parties, events and clubs, according to the website.

In 1999, Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, whose Facebook page featured a tribute message to the late singer on Sunday.

"The NC Music Hall of Fame's Board and staff members extend their deepest condolences to Gail Scott and family and to the many thousands of loyal fans, upon the passing of their beloved one, Billy Scott," it said. "Billy was among the original inductees in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, a valued member of its Board and a dedicated, supporting friend of the Hall of Fame. The music in Heaven surely sounded better the day that Billy joined the Heavenly band!"

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