Gospel singer Albertina Walker died at 81

Gospel singer Albertina Walker died at 81

Chicago : IL : USA | Oct 08, 2010 at 7:02 AM PDT
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Legendary Gospel music artist Albertina Walker has passed away at the age of 81, Praise 103.9 reports.

According to her publicist, she died this morning at 4:30 a.m. in her hometown, Chicago.

Fox News in Chicago has also confirmed the passing of Albertina Walker.

In September, Walker was admitted into the intensive care unit and underwent a surgical procedure for a tracheostomy in a Chicago hospital. She dealt with respiratory problems - a condition she battled for years, and kept her on ventilator for the last few years of her life.

At the urging of Mahalia Jackson, in 1951 at just twenty-two years of age Albertina Walker organized her own gospel singing group - the world famous Caravans.

This legendary Caravans launched the careers of Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, the late - Cassietta George, Dorothy Norwood, Delores Washington and the late - Reverend James Cleveland.

Source: Praise 103.9, albertinawalker.com

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