American R&B icon James Ingram died on Jan. 29 at age 66. Ingram was an acclaimed songwriter and a record producer.
He was best-known for hits such as I Don’t Have the Heart (1983), Just Once (1994) and his collaboration with Linda Ronstadt on Somewhere Out There for the 1986 animated-film, An American Tail.
Ingram’s cause of death has not yet been revealed, however, it’s being heavily speculated that the singer was fighting brain cancer for some time.
WATCH: The iconic 1986 collaboration between James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt on Somewhere Out There
Longtime friend Debbie Allen confirmed Ingram’s death on Tuesday morning in a heartfelt tweet.
“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” Allen wrote.
“He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity,” added the 69-year-old actress. “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 was born Feb. 16, 1952, in Akron, Ohio. He moved to L.A. at a young age to launch his music career.
He started in a funk band under the moniker Revelation Funk before joining Ray Charles’ on tour as the keyboard player.
Throughout his solo career, which kickstarted in the early 1980s, Ingram was nominated for 14 individual Grammy Awards. He won his first in 1982 for “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” with One Hundred Ways.
His second followed in 1985 with Yah Mo B There. The song featured Michael McDonald and the pair won for “Best R&B Duo.”
Ingram was nominated for an Oscar two years in a row for “Best Original Song” in 1994 and 1995, with The Day I Fall in Love and Look What Love Has Done.
There are no words to convey how much my ❤️ aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother, James Ingram. With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James was simply magical. He was, & always will be, beyond compare. Rest In Peace my baby bro…You’ll be in my ❤️ forever pic.twitter.com/oZtA9h8uZR
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) January 29, 2019
Mr. James Ingram…. May you rest in peace man. One of the best singers of our time.
— Norman Valiao, Jr. (@NORMANVALIAO) January 30, 2019
This man gave us timeless music.. great songs with soul. Listening to his music still gives chills- "I don't have the heart" was released in 1989, "Just once" & "One hundred ways" in 1981 and those songs are still so relevant and true.
Rest in power Legend 🙏☹💔 pic.twitter.com/kcQ2DdDzGf
— Ayo (@aur1de) January 30, 2019
R.I.P. James Ingram 🙏🏿the legend
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 30, 2019
— Michael Jackson – Fan Account (@MJStarOfficial) January 30, 2019
Met James Ingram a few time and he was always so nice and personable. Certainly was influenced by his music and incredible voice! Thank you for touching my life! Keeping his family lifted… https://t.co/mO4VnVKlkR
— Chris Walker (@chriswalkerchat) January 30, 2019
“One of God’s truly greatest talents passed away yesterday,” wrote one user. “James Ingram, if you don’t know him, was not only an amazing man but one of the greatest singers of all time. Thank you, James. R.I.P.”
As of this writing, details on Ingram’s funeral service have not been revealed.
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