Get the details on Al Jarreau passing…
The “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal delivery and admired by fans, rep confirmed that he died early Sunday morning in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 76. The singer died about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital surrounded by family and friends, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately known.
A statement has since been released to EBONY Magazine that reads:
“Dear friends, family and colleagues,
Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30am LA time.
He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan, Susan, and a few of his family and friends.
Ryan and Susan will hold a small, private service at home, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet, but I will inform you if that changes.”
The 7-time Grammy winner hailed from Milwaukee and fans are asked to donate to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in his honor.
Prior to his death, Jarreau was praised as the “voice of versatility.” Musician George Duke had this to say about Jarreau:
“He was totally original. Nobody before him sang like that. He was a courageous singer because he had no problem making something new every single night he was on stage. It was extraordinary to watch.”
He is survived by his wife Susan and his son Ryan.
RIP Mr. Jarreau
Al Jarreau – “Mornin'”: