Legendary gospel singer Andraé Crouch dead at 72

Jan 9, 2015 at 2:13 p.m. ET
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Gospel legend Andraé Crouch has died. He was 72.

Crouch died on Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted after suffering a heart attack, said his publicist, Brian Mayes, according to the Daily Mail.

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Crouch was an acclaimed singer, songwriter and choir director who worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Ringo Star and Madonna. He was also the recipient of a whopping seven Grammy awards.

Crouch's achievements are made even more impressive considering the fact that he suffered from dyslexia, which made it extremely hard for him to read the music.

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"I memorized everything through sight, the shape of the word. Some things that I write, you'll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car — like a Ford — or a flag," Crouch said of his challenges during a 2011 interview with the Associated Press, per the Daily Mail. "I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me. So when I finish a song, I thank God for bringing me through," he continued. "You have to press on and know your calling. That's what I've been doing for all my life. I just went forward."

The "Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" singer has a twin sister, Sandra Crouch, who released an emotional message about her late brother via the Los Angeles Times.

"Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord," she said. "Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best."

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Our thoughts are with Crouch's family and friends during this sad time.

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