Otis Redding III, the son of legendary soul singer Otis Redding, has passed away at the age of 59 due to cancer. The news of his death was confirmed by his family in a statement released on Wednesday by his sister, Karla Redding-Andrews.
Otis Redding III Dead: The statement revealed that cancer was the cause of death and also requested that the public keep the family in their prayers during this difficult time.
The full statement from Redding’s family reads: “It is with heavy hearts that the family of Otis Redding III confirms that he lost his battle with cancer last evening at Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, Ga. Otis was 59 years old. Please keep our family in your prayers at this time and please respect our privacy as we consume this huge loss. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.”
Redding’s father died in a plane crash in 1967 when Otis III was just three years old. More than a decade later, he followed his father’s footsteps into the music industry and formed funk and soul band The Reddings with his younger brother Dexter.
The band recorded six albums, including their 1988 album which reached the 88th position on the US Billboard Album Chart. Their most well-known songs include “Remote Control” and “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”
After The Reddings recorded their final album in 1988, Otis III continued to play and perform, once hired as a guitarist for soul singer Eddie Floyd, after which he began performing his father’s songs.
He was also involved in charitable work, serving as board president for the local chapter of Meals on Wheels and working with The Otis Redding Foundation, founded by his mother, to organize summer camps that teach children to play music.
Following the announcement of his death, fans expressed their condolences on social media. One fan wrote, “I just can’t believe this news! Gone way too soon. Macon has lost a true gentleman and a talented man. Prayers headed to the Redding family. May God hold you in peace and love.”