Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend, Al Jarreau, Dead At 76
Legendary jazz vocalist, Al Jarreau, died in Los Angeles Sunday (Feb. 12) morning. He was 76.
A message on Jarreau's Facebook page confirmed his death. “It is with the deepest of sadness to inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 6:00 a.m. LA time,” the post reads. “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."
The seven-time Grammy winner passed away after being hospitalized for “exhaustion” earlier in the week. As of Thursday (Feb. 9), Jarreau was "responding well" to treatment and "improving slowly,” though doctors advised him to cancel remaining 2017 tour dates.
“Al is retiring from touring,” an earlier Facebook post announced. “He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him - his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.“
The Wisconsin native was a cross-genre success boasting a musical catalog that includes ‘80s hits like “We’re in This Love Together,” “After All,” and the Grammy-nominated theme song to the TV series, Moonlighting.
“ Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest,” stated a message on Jarreau's website. “ He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. Song was just his tool for making that happen.”
Peep the full announcement on Jarreau's passing, plus a throwback video, below.