Soul Legend Curtis Mayfield Dead At 57

Soul music lost a legend over the weekend when singer, songwriter, and producer Curtis Mayfield passed away in Georgia on Sunday at the age of 57. The Associated Press reports that Mayfield passed at Roswell, Georgia's North Fulton Regional Hospital. The cause of death was not immediately known.

During a career that began during his teen years in the '50s, Mayfield penned soul classics like "People Get Ready" and "Keep On Pushing" as well as the soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation classic "Superfly." In addition to his songwriting successes, Mayfield also scored hits as a producer, manning the board for gems like It's "All Right" and "People Get Ready."

Mayfield was seriously injured during a 1990 New York concert in an on-stage accident that left the performer a quadriplegic. The AP reports that the condition had taken its toll on Mayfield's health in recent years, and that doctors amputated one of his legs last year after Mayfield developed diabetes.

Mayfield was first inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 for his early work with the gospel group the Impressions. He was later inducted into the Hall again for his solo work in 1999, but was too ill to attend the ceremony.

`"I lost my husband, the father of our children, my best friend and my soulmate,'' Mayfield's wife Altheida told the AP. "Thank God his music and his legacy will live far beyond today."