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The music world is mourning yet another star this weekend. After Andre Harrell and Little Richard passed away this weekend, family sources confirmed to ESSENCE that Grammy-winning soul singer Betty Wright has died. Just days before the star’s passing, her friend/fellow songstress Chaka Khan solicited prayers.

“Calling all my #PrayWarriors. My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prayers,” wrote Chaka.

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Wright, who popularized the phrase “No pain, no gain” was dubbed “one of the most underrated singers of her time.” Her 1971 hit “Clean Up Woman” is well-known by lovers of Hip-Hop and soul, and was sampled for the remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love.”

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Wright’s other timeless hits include “Tonight Is the Night” and “No Pain, (No Gain).”

So far, a cause of death has not been confirmed.

R.I.P. Betty Wright.

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