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Jean Knight cause of death: Husband, Children, Net Worth, Illness

Jean Knight, whose 1971 smash hit “Mr. Big Stuff” spent five weeks at Number One on the R&B charts and hit Number Two on the Pop charts, has died at the age of 80.

Her family released a statement, which notes her long storied career which started at JetStream Records and eventually jumped to Stax Records … and all the tunes she produced in between, ending with her starting her own label (Comstar).

The statement ends … “Jean Knight’s legacy is not just a musical one; it is a testament to the enduring love between an artist, her hometown, and the fans who adored her. As we bid farewell to this iconic soulstress, New Orleans and her global fan base join together in gratitude for the indelible mark she left on the world.” The family quests privacy at this time.

Jean Knight

Jean Knight cause of death

The cause of death has not been officially announced, but some sources have reported that she died of natural causes

Born in New Orleans, Jean Knight began singing publicly after she graduated from high school. Her appearances caught the attention of bands around town who then backed her live.

In 1965, she cut her first song, a demo of Jackie Wilson’s “Stop Doggin’ Me Around,” which led to a recording contract with Jet Star/Tribe record labels. She continued to record and build her reputation on a local level.

In 1970, she got her big break when she began working with record producer Wardell Quezergue. She was working as a baker when the two culled “Mr. Big Stuff” in Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi.

The sassy funk hit released on Stax Records, which calls out male conceitedness with its “who do you think you are?” refrain, was a blockbuster hit on the charts and became one of the largest-selling singles released by the legendary label.

Jean Knight

It went double-platinum and also garnered a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. In all, it sold more than three million copies, according to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The song appeared on the album of the same name.

After leaving Stax, Knight continued to pursue her musical career, recording tracks for several labels, though none rivaled the massive success with “Mr. Big Stuff.” A decade later,

she gained national attention again when she worked with producer Isaac Bolden and his Soulin’ label on “You Got the Papers (But I Got the Man),” which was nationally released by Atlantic Records, and led to more touring for the singer.

Her cover of Rockin’ Sydney’s zydeco hit “My Toot Toot” in 1985, which was the title track of her third studio album, further bolstered her renown and she was tapped to perform on Solid Gold, and appeared on PBS special Soul Comes Home in 2003, where she performed “Mr. Big Stuff.”

In 2007, Knight’s song “Do Me” appeared on the Superbad soundtrack, the same year she was inducted into the Louisiana Music Commission Hall of Fame.

Jean Knight
Jean Knight

Jean Knight Husband

Jean Knight was married at least twice and had at least one child. Her first husband was Thomas Commedore, with whom she had a son named Emile Commedore.

Her second husband was Earl Harris, a New Orleans longshoreman, but they later divorced.

There is no information about any other spouses or partners of Jean Knight. She was survived by her son, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Jean Knight Children

Jean Knight had only one child, a son named Emile Commedore, who was born from her first marriage with Thomas Commedore.

She also had two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There is no information about any other children of Jean Knight

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family very much.

Jean Knight Net Worth

Jean Knight’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $2 million as of 2023.

She earned most of her money from being a professional R&B singer, best known for her 1971 hit single “Mr. Big Stuff”.

She also had some income from other songs, such as “My Toot Toot” and “You Think You’re Hot Stuff”

Jean Knight Illness

There is no definitive information about Jean Knight’s illness or health condition before her death.

The no public information of any specific disease or disorder that she suffered from.

However, some sources have reported that she died of natural causes at the age of 80.

Jean Knight was one of the most successful soul and funk singers of her time, and her legacy lives on through her music and her fans.


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