Portland’s iconic soul diva Linda Hornbuckle is being remembered as a generous,  loving matriarch of the Portland blues and gospel scene.

After a two-year battle with liver and kidney cancer, Oregon Music News reports the singer passed away Saturday morning, surrounded by friends, family and bandmates at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.

She was 59 years old.

Instead of a planned fundraiser October 14, the upcoming Love for Linda concert will now be transformed into a celebration of Hornbuckle’s legacy. It is still a fundraiser to help her family with mounting medical bills. McMenamin’s has donated the Crystal Ballroom for the occasion.

The event will feature Quarterflash, Liv Warfield, Linda Hornbuckle’s own band, LaRhonda Steel, Soul Vaccination, Patrick Lamb, Norman Sylvester and Eddie Martinez, as well as others who may be scheduled.

Courtesy of musician and producer Peter Dammann, here is Linda Hornbuckle singing Amazing Grace.

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