|Seven-time Grammy winning musician Al Jarreau has died at the age of 76. |
Jarreau canceled his 2017 tour, after being hospitalized two weeks earlier due to exhaustion.
A statement made on the singer's website reads, "[Jarreau's] 2nd priority in life was music... His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. 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. Song was just his tool for making that happen."
Jarreau was scheduled to perform in Illinois in late February but sent an email to fans on Friday saying his medical team advised him to cancel his 2017 concert dates.
"With complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him," a Feb. 8 statement said.The cause of death is not known at this time. Jarreau is the only vocalist to ever earn Grammy awards in three different categories: R&B, Jazz, and Pop.