Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, aged 72.
The veteran singer passed away in his native Los Angeles on Thursday from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday.
Last month, he was admitted to hospital for pneumonia and congestive heart failure, and was forced to postpone his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration Tour that was slated to start on December 6.
Crouch was an acclaimed singer and songwriter, having won seven Grammy Awards throughout his five-decade long career, thanks to his popular gospel songs including “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” and “Soon and Very Soon.”
He also worked as a producer and arranger with such artists as Diana Ross, Elton John and Rick Astley. Crouch also directed the choirs that are featured in the background vocals in Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”
Crouch is only one of three gospel artists to have a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He also served as a pastor alongside his sister Sandra at the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California.