Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor, Bishop Walter Hawkins has died on Sunday (11th July, 2010) at his home in Ripon. Last two years, he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and his illnesses lead to death.
Bishop Walter Hawkins death news is released by his older brother Edwin Hawkins and said his brother had been fighting with pancreatic cancer for quite some time. Bishop Walter Hawkins's illnesses news was revealed in January 2010 when he missed to show up at the Stellar Awards.
Hawkins got a divinity degree from California University and recorded his debut album named “Do Your Best” in 1972. After a year, he became a pastor and formed the Love Center Church in Oakland.
During his life, Walter Hawkins has created number of albums like Marvelous, Going Up Yonder, Changed, Be Grateful, Thank You, He's That Kind Of Friend, Until I Found The Lord, Jesus Christ Is the Way, etc. for which he won nine Grammy Award nominations. In 1980 he won the Grammy for his version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
Walter recorded a number of Love Alive albums with the Love center Choir. The first, Love alive debuted in 1975. In 1990, Hawkins produced "Love Alive III", which spent 34 weeks at the top on the Billboard gospel album sales chart. Hawkins and his groups have recorded with Jeffrey Osborne, Van Morrison, Sylvester (singer), Diahann Carroll, and many others.
Recently, Hawkins was planning a new "Love Alive" CD concert recording for this fall. Besides his brother, Walter is stayed alive by two children, two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements of Walter Hawkins are pending.
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