Jewell Caples, a 53-year-old R&B singer who worked with 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre during her tenure with Death Row Records, has reportedly passed away.
The official cause of death has not yet been determined. Reggie Wright Jr., a former head of Death Row’s security, broke the news of Caples’ death, which occurred at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, VIBE reported.
Caples passed away two months after revealing that she had been admitted to a hospital due to the presence of 8 pounds of fluid in her heart, lungs, and legs.
She was re-admitted to the hospital on March 16 and discharged on March 21 after getting treatment, a story she shared with her followers through an Instagram post.
“I was Hospitalized on March 2,2022. Released on a March 5,2022 went home,8lbs of fluid on my heart, lungs, and legs,” Caples wrote. “Went back to hospital March 16th until Today March 21,2022. I Almost Died! Was supposed to be Airlifted to another facility. GOD reverse my symptoms extended me some GRACE! And gave me more time with my Family and Friends! Thank you JESUS for saving my life again! GOD IS REAL!”
Caples, a native of Chicago, contributed vocals to N.W.A. songs before signing with Death Row Records in 1992.
Caples managed to score the biggest solo hit of her career with her cover of Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman,” which reached its peak at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop music chart. Caples has appeared on albums by Dr. Dre (The Chronic) and Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle).
She also worked on the soundtracks for Deep Cover and Above the Rim. Before 2Pac died, she sang the song “Thug Passion” on his album All Eyez on Me.