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Acclaimed gospel artist Andraé Crouch has died. He was 72.

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The seven-time Grammy-winning singer,
songwriter, arranger, producer and pastor was
taken to the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in
Los Angeles this past Saturday after suffering a
heart attack, according to USA Today.

Along with writing and singing such popular
gospel songs as “The Blood Will Never Lose Its
Power,” “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and
“Soon and Very Soon,” Crouch also directed the
choirs that sang on Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” He was often praised for bridging the gap between
popular music and gospel, bringing a

contemporary pop and R&B sensibility to his music.

He also served as a pastor alongside his sister at the
New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, Calif.

“On Saturday, January 3rd, my brother, Andraé
Crouch, was taken to the hospital so that medical
staff could more directly address some serious
health complications that had arisen,” his sister
Sandra Crouch said in a statement Monday
morning. “At this time, Andraé is being attended to by a medical team, and we are so grateful for their
wonderful care. We are also so grateful for the
many thousands of people around the world who
are praying for Andraé right now. We ask for your
continued prayer — that Andraé will respond
positively to the medical attention being given to him at this time, and that he will fully recover from
this current health complication.”

Crouch had been hospitalized in December with
pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing
him to postpone his Let the Church Say Amen
Celebration Tour that had been scheduled to start
Dec. 6 in Philadelphia.

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