Jamaican singer Karen Smith has died at age 60, ending her one-year battle with colon cancer.
She passed away this morning at Baywest Hospital in Montego Bay, where she was admitted on Tuesday.
The 'True Confession' artist was one of the most respected cabaret performers in Jamaica.
She was a member of the group 'Pakage' which also comprised Patricia Edwards and Gem Myers.
A former St. Hugh's High School for Girls alumna, Ms Smith has won nine Jamaica Music Industry Awards, and has shared stage with the likes of Natalie Cole, Seal, Air Supply, Anita Baker, Ray Charles and Harry Belafonte.
Ms Smith was also a former president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union.
In that capacity she brought new urgency to some of the issues of concern to members of the local music industry, including their access to employment opportunities in the tourism sector, in the face of competition from foreigners.