Gospel music legend Andraé Crouch has died at age 72.
The Grammy-winning artist was an accomplished singer, songwriter and arranger passed after being hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif. on Thursday evening. He had been hospitalized since Jan. 3 after suffering a heart attack.
It was announced that Crouch would go out on the Andraé Crouch All-Star Tribute Tour called “Let The Church Say Amen” that was slated to kick off in December 2014, but the tour was postponed because he was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. His twin sister Sandra Crouch released a statement saying that his prognosis looked “better.”
In June 2014, Crouch was hospitalized as well and AlwaysAList.com reported that his family was soliciting prayers.
Crouch was the Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, Calif.
During his life, he battled four different forms of cancer, congestive heart failure and also suffered from diabetes.
The first living gospel artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Crouch is best known for countless gospel anthems like ‘Let The Church Say Amen,’ ‘Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus,’ ‘Jesus Is the Answer,’ ‘Soon And Very Soon,’ ‘I’ll Be Thinking of You,’ ‘My Tribute (To God Be The Glory),’ ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power’ and ‘Through It All.’
Crouch received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film “The Color Purple,” as well as penned songs for “The Lion King.” He’s also recorded music with Madonna, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Barbara Mandrell and Elton John, among others.
Most notably, Crouch sang background with his singers on several Michael Jackson hits including ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘Will You Be There’ and ‘Earth Song.’
The family of Crouch has requested privacy at this time and will release a statement at a later date.
VIDEO: Watch Andrae Crouch perform “Living This Kind of Life” live in Los Angeles.