Walter Hawkins, a Grammy award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Hawkins passed away at his home in Ripon, Calif., his older brother Edwin Hawkins said.

“Today, I lost my brother, my pastor, and my best friend,” said Edwin Hawkins. “Bishop Hawkins suffered bravely but now he will suffer no more and he will be greatly missed.”

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