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[VIDEO] Legendary Gospel Singer Edwin Hawkins Passes Away At 74

According to his publicist, Grammy Award-winning gospel music singer and composer Edwin Hawkins died in his home on the morning of January 15.

Photo credits: Haraz N. Ghanbari for The Associated Press

A pioneer of urban contemporary gospel music has been called home to his final resting place after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer.

According to The Associated Press, Edwin Hawkins (pictured) passed away in his house Monday morning (January 15) at 74 years of age. Bill Carpenter, Hawkins’ publicist, also released a statement to The Associated Press confirming his client’s death. The legendary gospel musician’s home is located in Pleasanton, California.

Edwin Reuben Hawkins was born in Oakland, California on August 19, 1943.

Hawkins is best known for his 1968-69 hit song “Oh Happy Day,” which is a feel-good gospel hymn Hawkins composed as the leader of a group called The Edwin Hawkins Singers. This song earned Hawkins his first Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1970.

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