R&B singer Puff Johnson dies

The musician succumbed to cervical cancer at the age of 40. Johnson had battled cancer for several years after being diagnosed at age 36.

Johnson was married to producer, Kip Collins who passed away in 2007. The one hit album artist once lived in South Africa for two years and was said to have dated local muso, Ishmael.

Johnson was apparently responding well to treatment but later suffered a set back after she was deported.

Although immensely talented, Johnson was never able toregain the popularity and prominence she once enjoyed with her debut album.Titled Miracle, the album spawned several hit singles such as Miracle and Forever More.

Johnson once toured with Michael Jackson and wrote songs for other artists. The never-awarded artist sold over a million albums.