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Gospel legend Edwin Hawkins dies, age 74

R.I.P: Edwin Hawkins (Photo credit: AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

LEGENDARY GOSPEL singer Edwin Hawkins has died at the age of 74 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Grammy Award-winning star, best known for his 1969 track,Oh Happy Day, died on Monday (Jan 15) at his home in Pleasanton, California.

According to his long-time publicist Bill Carpenter, Hawkins had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last few years.

Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel hymns with secular sound alongside Andrae Crouch and James Cleveland.

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