Legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau has died

Days after it was announced that singer Al Jarreau would retired after decades of touring and recording, the legendary singer has passed away.

Jarreau, 76, died in a Los Angeles hospital Sunday morning with family and friends present, according to a statement from his manager published by Ebony Magazine.

"Therefore, with complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring", the note continued.

Jarreau's site confirmed the singer's death but did not reveal the cause. His team updated his fans and said he was recovering and had even been singing to the nurses.

"The important thing is that they keep the music in their lives even though they may not have a music career", says Jarreau in 2015. He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. He would ultimately become one of the most recognizable names in modern jazz music. Jarreau won seven of them over the course of the, earning plaudits in the jazz, pop and R&B categories. His first Grammy win came in 1978 for providing the Best Jazz Vocal Performance for "Look to the Rainbow".

  • Salvatore Jensen