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Gospel father 'Pop' Winans dies

Pop Winans, Uncensored (1999)
Winans was nominated for a Grammy for his solo CD Uncensored in 1999

David 'Pop' Winans Sr, the patriarch of the award-winning gospel music family, has died in Tennessee at the age of 74.

The singer died at a Nashville hospice, where he had been since January after suffering a heart attack and stroke last October, his family announced.

"The Winans family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and support, but would appreciate privacy at this time," a statement said.

Pop was the father of well known gospel singers BeBe and CeCe Winans.

Grammy nomination

Four other children - Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald - performed as The Winans, recording such songs as Ain't No Need to Worry featuring Anita Baker.

David Winans, a native of Detroit, began singing with a gospel quartet at the age of 18.

He later worked as a car salesman, taxi driver, barber and also was a preacher. After The Winans signed a recording contract, he was their manager for a period.

In 1999, Winans was nominated for a Grammy for his solo album, Uncensored.

He and his wife Delores, known as Mom Winans, were also nominated for their album Mom & Pop Winans in 1989.

Memorial services are planned for next week at Perfecting Church in Detroit where Marvin Winans is the senior pastor.



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