Music stars such as Questlove, Neko Case, and El-P paid tribute to the singer on social media following the news of his passing. "I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true", he said at the time.
Confirming news of Bradley's death, his publicist said: "Mr Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on".
Over the course of three albums - 2011's No Time for Dreaming, 2013's Victim of Love and 2016's Changes - Bradley delivered his unmistakable soulful voice on songs about heartbreak, love, racial unity and his own personal journey over hardships. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and halted touring.
Bradley, performing at Governors Ball 2017.
Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer past year and beat the cancer, but it came back recently and spread to his liver. Born Nov. 5, 1948 in Gainesville, Fla., he moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was eight.
It wasn't until Bradley's sister took him to James Brown's landmark performance at the Apollo Theater that he wanted to pursue a singing career.
"When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love". Calling himself "Black Velvet", he developed a James Brown impersonation act that he called "Black Velvet", which eventually got the attention of Daptones founder Gabriel Roth. "With God's will, I'll be back soon".
After the release of his debut album, Bradley began touring extensively, invariably closing his shows by descending the stage and thanking his audience, extending hugs to all. "I open their hearts up and they feel the love of my heart and when I go out there and really respond to 'em and talk to 'em, they tell me some things".