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Music Legend Andrae Crouch Dead at 72

Andrae Crouch speaks at the Stellar Awards Show at Grand Ole Opry House in January 2013 in Nashville. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Stellar Awards)

Legendary gospel singer, composer and producer Andraé Crouch died Thursday.

He was 72 years old.

The Grammy and Dove award winner passed away at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif., outside Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized since Saturday after suffering a heart attack, a spokesman said.

Crouch’s accolades include seven Grammy Awards, six GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for “The Color Purple,” induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His songs have been recorded by a range of artists, from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon. He has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others.

Crouch can also be heard on Jackson’s hit singles “Man in the Mirror,” “Keep the Faith,” “Will You Be There” and “Earth Song.”

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