So Sad:

Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Has Died at 76

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Rest in peace, Al Jarreau.

The jazz legend sadly died on Sunday, Feb. 12 following a recent hospitalization in LA from heat exhaustion, his website confirmed soon after. He was 76-years-old.

"Al Jarreau passed away this morning, Feb. 12, 2017. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few family and close friends. He will be missed," the site read. They didn't further explain the cause of his passing.

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Al in 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Throughout his more than 40-year-long career, "the Acrobat of Scat", as he was called, won seven Grammys, particularly in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category, and was nominated an additional 18 times. He most recently took home three of the coveted awards in 2013: Best Jazz Vocal Album for Live, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for "Spain (I Can Recall)", and Best Children's Album for JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale.

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Al has also collaborated with other jazz sensations including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jill Scott, David Foster, David Sanborn, Chick Corea, among others, in his lifetime.

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George in 1970. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Included in his death announcement was a sweet note written by someone associated with the late singer. It read, "A few days ago, I was asked to describe Al to someone who knew of his success, but did not know him as a person. I responded with this: His second priority in life was music. There was no third. His first 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. He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. Song was just his tool for making that happen."

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Our thoughts are with Al's family and friends during this difficult time. He will truly be missed.

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