The great Percy Sledge died today. I am bereft. His song "When A Man Loves A Woman"...will live forever.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) April 15, 2015
Bette Midler has paid tribute to
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:
Sad news today...go in peace my friend. Sending our love to family and friends.... http://t.co/TZakPYpslk— Taj Mahal (@tajmahalblues) April 15, 2015
Funk singer Bootsy Collins logged into his Facebook account to pay tribute to Percy, posting:
Just lost another legend funkateers, Mr. "Percy Sledge". He was an American R&B and soul performer who most... http://t.co/2N7BfcWndD— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) April 14, 2015
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.