Gospel singer Albertina Walker dies at the age of 81 years

October 9th, 2010 - 1:14 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Legendary United States gospel singer, Albertina Walker is dead. The singer died at the age of 81 years on Friday.

Walker who began to sing at the age of 4 years in the choir of West Point Baptist Church was born in Chicago in 1929. She was influenced to be a gospel musician by the woman who later became her mentor, Mahalia Jackson.

With the motivation and encouragement by Jackson, Walker launched her musical career at the age of 22 years with the formation of the group Caravans. Walker was always influential at Chicago’s Gospel Festival. She mostly performed at the festival with her Caravans and solo.

She is reputed for her long list of songs that include “Walk around Heaven”, “Lord Remember Me” and “Lord Keep Me Day By Day”.

She was involved in several charity works devoting hours and millions to charitable organizations. Her death is being mourned by all those people whose lives she touched. Apart from that it is a sad day for the music industry as well.

She has been in a hospital in Chicago since late August. She was battling emphysema and she died on Friday morning at the hospital at the age of 81.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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