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Al Jarreau, iconic jazz singer, dies at 76

Jazz legend Al Jarreau, who won seven Grammys over a 50-year career, has died according to his representatives. He was 76. 

His biggest single was 1981's "We're in This Love Together." Jarreau was a vocalist on the all-star 1985 track, "We Are the World," and sang the theme to TV's "Moonlighting."

Al Jarreau - We're In This Love Together (Official Video) by RHINO on YouTube

According to a statement posted on the singer's official website, Jarreau died in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The news comes just days after Jarreau announced he was going to retire after being hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles.

It had been posted earlier this week on his Twitter account that he was feeling weak and breathless.

Jarreau first made an impact with 1975's release "We Got By," garnering comparisons to the likes of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Mathis.

"Music is the fountain of youth. The creative process rejuvenates me. I live to experience that vitality," he told Billboard.

In 2015, Jarreau gave a master class to young master class to students from three Philadelphia-area performing arts schools, reports CBS Philly.

"The important thing is that they keep the music in their lives even though they may not have a music career," he said in 2015. "It's because music changes them and makes them joyous people."  

The seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist leaves behind his wife, Susan, and son, Ryan.

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