Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dead At 76

Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau has died in a Los Angeles hospital just days after announcing his retirement from touring due to exhaustion.

His official Twitter account and website say the 76-year-old died early Sunday. No cause of death was given. Jarreau was hospitalized earlier in the week and was said to have been improving slowly.

The Milwaukee native won seven Grammys over the course of his half-century in music. His biggest single was 1981’s “We’re in This Love Together” from the album “Breakin’ Away.” Jarreau was also a vocalist on the all-star 1985 track, “We Are the World,” and sang the theme to TV’s “Moonlighting.”

Time Magazine once called Jarreau the “greatest jazz singer alive.” He is one of the few artists to have won Grammys in three separate categories – jazz, pop and R&B.

News of Jarreau’s death came as the Grammy Awards were kicking off in Los Angeles.

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