Renee Geyer, the soul singer, passed away suddenly.

Renée Geyer, 69, was an Australian jazz and soul superstar who composed songs such as It’s A Man’s Man’s World and Say I Love You. According to a statement from her record label, The Mushroom Group, the singer was hospitalized for hip surgery when she learned she had inoperable lung cancer.

Renee, a Melbourne-born vocalist, became famous in the 1970s for her Husky vocals.

Renee’s family said, “While Renee was in the hospital, it was discovered that Renee also had inoperable lung cancer.”