The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, eight months after undergoing colon cancer surgery. Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down in the 1982 accident. He spent six months in a hospital but returned to recording the next year with the album "Love Language."
Born in Philadelphia in 1950, Pendergrass got his start as a drummer in the Philadelphia soul group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before launching his solo career. A full obituary will appear in Friday's editions and on latimes.com.
-- Times staff and wire reports