The Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer died at her Miami based home on Sunday, The Indian Express reported. In an interview with the New York Times, S-Curve Records' Steve Greenberg revealed that Wright had been diagnosed with cancer in the fall. After her passing, the music industry has suffered another major loss, as country singer Cadu Groves died at age 30 on Saturday.

Wright rose to fame with hits like Clean Up Woman in 1971. She also garnered praises for her 1970s hit Tonight Is the Night. She was also known for the impressive use of whistle register.

Clean Up Woman was recorded when Wright was just 17. The song made its way into the list of top 10 hits on both the Billboard R&, as well as pop charts. Its familiar grooves were used and reused in the sampling era. Born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami in 1953, Wright was the youngest of seven children.

She first started singing with the family gospel group and later released her solo debut album entitled My First Time Around in 1968, when she was just 15, featuring her first Top 40 song Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do. Wright received a Grammy Award for Best R&B song, Where Is the Love? in 1974, MSN Entertainment reported.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Wright continued releasing music. Her 1988 hit dubbed, No Pain, No Gain turned out to be the singer's last major song on the charts in a five-decade-long career. The beloved singer-songwriter continued performing, producing, writing, and was also actively participated in The Recording Academy.

Staying relevant among the newer generation, Wright made an appearance on Making the Band reality show in 2006. She was the vocal coach for a girl group Danity Kane. She collaborated with hip hop band The Roots in 2011 to release her album Betty Wright: The Movie.

On May 2, singer-songwriter Chaka Khan took to her Twitter handle to urge Wright's fans to pray for her. Wright's family requested privacy at the time. During a career breathing spell, Wright started her own label in 1985, which led to a gold album entitled Mother Wit in 1987 along with her comeback hit dubbed No Pain No Gain.

She spent much of the rest of her life mentoring younger artists, many of whom sing the praises of the singer. John Legend wrote in a tweet that Wright was always loving and giving to new singers. She was always engaged, and relevant, Legend wrote.