Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker Died at 81


Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker Died at 81


The Grammy-winning singer passed away at the age of 81 at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Illinios after losing her battle with emphysema.

Grammy-winning singer Albertina Walker, known as the Queen of Gospel, has lost her battle with emphysema. She was 81. Walker passed away of respiratory failure in at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Illinios on Friday morning, October 8.

The music icon began singing in the choir of West Point Baptist church at the age of four. She was urged to sing professionally by gospel great Mahalia Jackson, who later became her mentor. Walker eventually launched her career at 22, when she formed her own gospel group, the Caravans, and became a fixture at Chicago's Gospel Festival as a solo performer and with the group.

U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush called Walker's a voice for the civil rights movement in a tribute to the star. He tells the Associated Press her music was "a healing balm to those who struggled for justice."

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Miley Cyrus Goes Shopping in Malibu in Tiny Bikini
  2. Mary J. Blige Sparks Gay Rumors With Kate Moss
  3. Pics: Emily Ratajkowski Goes Topless, Parades Impressive Bum in Thong Bikini
  4. Does Kim Know? Kanye West Caught Leaving Studio With Nearly Naked Woman
  5. Comic-Con: 'Ready Player One' First Footage Introduces Stepen Spielberg's VR Dystopia
  6. Comic-Con: 'Justice League' Trailer Teases Superman's Return and Green Lantern
  7. New Romance? Shirtless Justin Bieber Enjoys Romantic Hike With This Model
  8. Jennifer Garner's New Pal Chelsea Handler Is Going After Ben Affleck
  9. 'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy Shares Photo of 'Cult' Member. Is It Evan Peters?
  10. Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song Enjoy Dinner in L.A. - Are They Together?

CELEBS PHOTO