Legendary R&B singer JAMES INGRAM has died. He was only 66 years old. There’s no official word yet when or how he passed away, but TMZ says he was battling brain cancer.
His longtime friend DEBBIE ALLEN made the announcement, saying, quote, “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.”
I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.❤️ pic.twitter.com/TDJfpbbJWa
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 29, 2019
Ingram had plenty of hits over his career, including two Number Ones: “Baby Come to Me” with Patti Austin in 1983, and “I Don’t Have the Heart” in 1990.
His other classics include “Just Once“, “Yah Mo Be There” with Michael McDonald, and “Somewhere Out There” with Linda Ronstadt . . . from the movie “An American Tail”. He also co-wrote the Michael Jackson jam “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”.