James Ingram 27 Sep 2007 Credit: Carrie Devorah / WENN
James Ingram, a Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated R&B singer of the 1980s and '90s, has died aged 66.
R&B legend James Ingram, who has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Linda Ronstadt and more, has passed way at the age of 66, according to news reports. https://t.co/FNwh2cOsJc— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) January 29, 2019
Ingram is known for hits including Baby Come To Me and I Don't Have A Heart.
Longtime friend and Grey's Anatomy actress Debbie Allen said he had died, paying tribute to her "dearest friend and creative partner".
"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," she tweeted on Tuesday.
"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
Ohio-born Ingram earned 14 Grammy nominations throughout his career, winning best male R&B vocal performance in 1982 for One Hundred Ways and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for Yah Mo B There, a duet with Michael McDonald, in 1985.
He was known for his soundtrack work, most notably a duet with Linda Ronstadt on Somewhere Out There, for the 1986 animated film An American Tail, which won the Grammy for song of the year (with the award going to songwriters James Horner and Cynthia Weil).
His Oscar nominations for best original song came in 1994-95 for his theme songs from Beethoven's 2nd and Junior.
Today we lost one of the finest people and voices of our time, James Ingram. I’ve personally lost a dear friend. May God Bless his family with strength, unity, and understanding during these times. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 #legend #MemorableVoice #HeavenBound pic.twitter.com/NU0L3NBxua— Gerald Albright (@GAAlbright) January 29, 2019
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
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