Bette Midler has paid tribute to the last Percy Sledge

The 69-year-old singer-and-actress is among a host of stars to publicly pay their respects to the soul legend

Bette Midler has paid tribute to the last Percy Sledge

Bette Midler has paid tribute to

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The 69-year-old singer-and-actress is among a host of stars to publicly pay their respects to the soul legend - who passed away at his Louisiana home aged 74 on Tuesday.

'Young Hearts Run Free' singer Candi Staton also took to the social networking site to express her grief, tweeting:

Taking to his Twitter account, blues legend Taj Mahal ‏wrote:

Funk singer Bootsy Collins logged into his Facebook account to pay tribute to Percy, posting:

Percy rose to fame when his song 'When A Man Loves A Woman' hit the top of the US Billboard charts in 1966.

The track became a hit twice in the UK, reaching number four in 1966 and, on reissue, peaked at number two in 1987 when it was featured in a Levi's Jeans commercial.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his career achievements in 2005.

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