Wilson suffered a massive heart attack earlier this month (6Aug16) and never recovered, passing away on Friday (12Aug16) at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, her manager Rollin Riggs confirmed.

She was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1948, and grew up singing in her church choir, Billboard.com reports. She moved to Memphis in 1972 and became a regular fixture at the city's Beale Street night clubs, earning her the nickname of The Queen of Beale Street.

Wilson also sang weekly at B.B. King’s Blues Club.

She recorded 10 albums and performed with iconic musicians including Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Isaac Hayes, B.b. King during her career.

Wilson also tried her hand at acting, and appeared as a singer in 1996's The People vs. Larry Flynt, starring Woody Harrelson and Edward Norton.

The soul singer had recovered from a stroke in 2009, and her manager Riggs said she had even performed at a benefit in recent weeks.

"She was an extraordinary ambassador for Memphis, and soul, and R&B and gospel," he said. “She had an exceptional stage presence that made you fall in love with her, no matter what style she was singing."

Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed, Billboard.com reports.