Andrae Crouch

Grammy-winning gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 72.

Crouch was known for his energetic, soul-stirring gospel songs. But he also wrote or produced music for Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Paul Simon among others.

Crouch died at a Los Angeles area hospital where he had been hospitalized since Saturday.

Often referred to as the ‘Father of modern gospel’, Crouch wrote his first gospel song at age 14.

According to USA Today, Crouch was diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. He was admitted to LA’s Mt. Sinai hospital in early December and treated for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He was re-admitted to the hospital on Saturday when his condition took a turn for the worse.

Crouch is survived by his only living relative, his twin sister Sandra.