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Andraé Crouch Hospitalized
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UPDATE: Sadly, Mr. Crouch passed away on January 8, 2015.

Grammy-winning gospel music legend Andraé Crouch is battling some serious health issues and was hospitalized on January 3rd. His twin sister, Sandra, posted the following on January 5th:

On Saturday, January 3rd, my brother, Andraé Crouch, was taken to the hospital so that medical staff could more directly address some serious health complications that had arisen. At this time, Andraé is being attended to by a medical team, and we are so grateful for their wonderful care.

We are also so grateful for the many thousands of people around the world who are praying for Andraé right now. We ask for your continued prayer—that Andrae will respond positively to the medical attention being given to him at this time, and that he will fully recover from this current health complication.

Sandra gave an update the next day, thanking everyone for prayers. She did not provide details about the nature of his condition, but reported that Andraé has shown some positive response to treatment.

During the last several years, the 72-year-old singer/writer/producer/arranger has battled a number of health issues, including cancer, congestive heart failure and diabetes. His previous hospitalization on December 1st of 2014 resulted in the postponement of his “Let the Church Say Amen Celebration Tour.”

Crouch is one of the most renowned pioneers of contemporary gospel music, having written classics including “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” (written at age 15!), “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” “Soon and Very Soon” and “Through It All,” among many others. In addition, Crouch has toured across the globe (including Europe, Africa, the Far East, and the U.S.); collaborated with such acclaimed pop artists as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones; received a total of nine Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination; and provided film scores to such movies as The Lion King and Free Willy.