Legendary musician, the Grammy and Dove award-winning Andraé Crouch died in California on Jan. 8, 2015. He died at approximately 4:30 p.m. PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read on for further details.
The news comes as a shock as Sandra had reported just this past Monday via Crouch’s official Facebook page that the medical team had given the family “encouraging news.”
UPDATE FROM SANDRA CROUCH: Andraé Crouch, who was hospitalized on January 3rd, has had some positive response to the medical attention that has been given to him. The medical team has given some encouraging news and we are so grateful for the many thousands of people who are praying on behalf of my brother. With the continued medical attention and your prayers, we are trusting the Lord for a full recovery.
According to his twin sister, Crouch had been hospitalized since Jan. 3, 2015 for unspecified, yet “serious” health issues. Crouch passed away on Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack. His death is confirmed by his publicist, Brian Mayes.
Crouch began singing Gospel music at the tender age of 14. He attained eminence in the music industry for over four decades. During his long career, he won seven Grammy Awards and four GMA Dove Awards, as well as ASCAP, Billboard and NAACP Awards. In 2004, he became the only living Gospel artist and the third in history to have a star on placed the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Crouch, a legendary Gospel performer, songwriter and choir director, also had an Academy Award nomination for “The Color Purple” and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on his credential. His work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King.”
The co-pastor of the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California never married and had no kids. His family has requested privacy as they suffer for the loss.
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