Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch Dies at Age 72

Andrae Crouch died Thursday, Jan. 8 after being hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles for a heart attack days prior. He was 72-year-old.

The award-winning singer battled cancer and diabetes in the past, but was active in his career before his passing. Crouch’s Let the Church Say Amen Celebration Tour had only been postponed to Spring 2015 last month because of pneumonia and congestive heart failure that eventually progressed.

Known for helping merge gospel and mainstream, some of Crouch’s best work includes arranging music for Michael Jackson in “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna in “Like a Prayer,” and delivering encouraging songs like “Jesus is the Answer,” “Soon and Very Soon” and most recently, “Let the Church Say Amen.”

His contributions to music date back as far as 1965.

Watch Andrae Crouch’s 1970s Performance of “Through It All”: