The world of gospel music has lost one of its leaders. David "Pop" Winans Sr., of the Grammy-nominated group the Winans, passed away Wednesday at the age of 76.
The patriarch of one of the most-respected gospel families died at a Nashville hospice following complications from a stroke and a heart attack he suffered last October. According to reports, his wife Delores "Mom" Winans was at his bedside at the time of his passing.
"Pop" Winans made a name for himself following his first Grammy nomination for his 1999 solo CD, Uncensored. Winans and his wife Delores recorded a joint disc together, Mom & Pop Winans, which was also nominated for a Grammy.
A native of Detroit, Winans began singing with a gospel quartet at the age of 18. He was the father of popular gospel singers BeBe and CeCe Winans, who scored hits with "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There." Four other children — Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald — performed as the Winans, with other family members joining in from time to time.
Winans later worked as a car salesman, taxi driver, custodian, barber and also was a preacher; he also managed his childrens' group for a time.
A statement released by the family read, "The Winans family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and continued support, but would appreciate privacy at this time."