Gwen Guthrie Cause of Death: The R&B Legend Who Lost Her Battle with Cancer



Gwen Guthrie was a singer-songwriter and pianist who rose to fame in the 1980s with her dance and R&B hits, such as "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" and "Close to You". She also wrote songs for other artists, such as Ben E. King, Angela Bofill, and Roberta Flack. She died of uterine cancer on February 3, 1999, at the age of 48, leaving behind a legacy of music and inspiration.

## A Talented and Versatile Artist

Gwen Guthrie was born on July 9, 1950, in Newark, New Jersey. She grew up in a musical family and learned to play the piano at the age of eight. She studied classical music in school and later attended the University of Beirut medical school for a short time.

She began her career as a backup singer for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna, among others. She also sang jingles for commercials and formed a songwriting partnership with her then-boyfriend, Patrick Grant. Together, they wrote songs for Ben E. King, such as "Supernatural Thing" and "Do It in the Name of Love", and for Angela Bofill, such as "This Time I'll Be Sweeter".

She launched her solo career in the early 1980s and signed with Island Records. She worked with the famous production duo Sly and Robbie and became a regular performer at the Paradise Garage, a legendary New York club. She scored several dance and R&B hits, such as "Padlock", "It Should Have Been You", "Nothing Going On But the Rent", and "Close to You". She also collaborated with other artists, such as Peter Tosh, The Limit, and Larry Levan.

She was known for her powerful voice, her catchy melodies, and her witty lyrics. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2020 for her role in a documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic, called "The Frontline".

## A Devastating Diagnosis and Death

In the late 1990s, Guthrie was diagnosed with uterine cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the uterus, the organ where a fetus grows during pregnancy. According to [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Guthrie), she underwent surgery and chemotherapy, but the cancer spread to other parts of her body.

She died on February 3, 1999, at her home in Orange, New Jersey. She was interred at Fairmount Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey, her hometown. Her death shocked and saddened her family, friends, and fans, who remembered her as a kind, generous, and talented person.

## A Legacy That Lives On

Guthrie's music and influence live on through her recordings, her songs, and her covers. Her songs have been sampled, remixed, and reinterpreted by various artists, such as Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, and Alicia Keys. Her song "Nothing Going On But the Rent" has become a classic anthem for women's empowerment and independence.

She is also remembered for her contributions to the R&B, dance, and post-disco genres, and for her collaborations with other legends. She is regarded as one of the most influential female artists of the 1980s and beyond.

Sources:

- [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Guthrie)
- [Billboard](https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/this-day-in-music-1261-60162/)
- [The Celebrity Deaths](https://doms2cents.com/how-gwen-guthries-death-shook-the-music-world/)
- [I Love Old School Music](https://www.iloveoldschoolmusic.com/many-never-knew-aint-nothing-going-on-but-the-rent-singer-passed-away-at-a-young-age/)
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