Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

3 of 186: Marva Whitney, who used to tour and sing with James Brown, who called her 'Soul Sister No. 1,' died at age 68 on Dec. 22, 2012 in her hometown of Kansas City, Kansas after suffering complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reported on December 31.

The James Brown Revue singer, who was born Marva Ann Manning, is known for song such as 'It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To)' and 'Things Got To Get Better (Get Together).' She is survived by her mother, five brothers, two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, the New York Times reported.

''We're saddened to inform you that Soulsister #1 Marva Whitney passed away last night,' said a message posted on Whitney's Facebook page a day after her death. 'She left us with a legacy that will shine forever. Please keep her family in your payers.'

(Pictured: A 2006 Europe tour poster shows a vintage photo of Marva Whitney, as seen in an image posted on the singer's Facebook page.) ( Photo / facebook.com/marvawhitney)