How did Al Jarreau die? Singer dead with family, friends at side

Published 3:42 pm Sunday, February 12, 2017

Singer Al Jarreau is dead at the age of 76. The Grammy-award winning jazz man died today (Sunday) in a Los Angeles hospital days after announcing his retirement from touring due to exhaustion.

A statement posted to Facebook said Jarreau “passed away this morning. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time”.

From the Guardian: “A native of Wisconsin, Jarreau won seven Grammys over a 50-year career and was one of few artists to have won Grammys in three categories – jazz, pop and R&B.

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“Considered one of jazz’s greatest vocalists, with a mastery of scat singing and vocal percussion, his biggest single was the untypically smooth and breezy We’re in This Love Together, from the 1981 album Breakin’ Away.

He was also a vocalist on the all-star 1985 charity track We Are the World and sang the theme to the TV hit Moonlighting, for which he wrote the lyrics.”