Gospel legend Walter Hawkins passes

Multi-award winning Gospel legend and pastor Walter Hawkins died this past Sunday. He was 61. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, he passed away at his home in Ripon, California.

The term legend gets thrown around far too often. When referring to Walter Hawkins, using the term legend would be an understatement.

I’m not sure anything I could say would do justice to the contribution he made to Gospel music and to the kingdom of God. Bishop Hawkins was an amazing singer and songwriter. He blazed a trail for many of the artist we have come to love today.

Here are some of the sentiments members of the Gospel community expressed on Twitter:

“Gonna miss my dear friend and mentor Bishop Walter Hawkins…one of the greatest singer/songwriters gospel will ever experience”
-Donald Lawrence

“Praying for the Hawkins family in the loss of the legendary Bishop Walter Hawkins. An innovator, icon and the songwriters songwriter…”
-Israel Houghton

“Walter Hawking opened up the way for all us Contemporary Artist. He had the ability to be contemporary and still have the Gospel signature.”
-Fred Hammond

“Heart is Heavy! He not only changed the fabric, He revolutionized polyphonic harmonies! R.I.P. Bishop W! U Challenged All Those That Dared!”
-John P. Kee

“My heart is so heavy…Bishop Walter Hawkins Gave us More than just Songs I hope he’s dancing with the Angels right now..may he Rest In Peace”
-Mary Mary

“Truly the most musically inspiring figure in my life…Bishop Walter Hawkins. Certainly heavens choir has a major upgrade tonight. Thanks WH”
-Greg O’Quin

“R.I.P. To a gospel icon and trailblazer Bishop Walter Hawkins! My heart is deeply saddened! u will be missed!”
-Dave Hollister

“Every door I’ve ever walked through was because God used Walter Hawkins as a key to unlock it. Gospel music lost a pioneer today. rest well.”
-Kirk Franklin

Bishop Hawkins will be greatly missed. Please keep the Hawkins family and Love Center Church in your prayers.

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  • Taineka Gibson/ Holt

    Talk about beautiful, true gospel music. I have always enjoyed hs music. I have one of his cds now that I listen too always. When I heard he had passed, I was shocked. I grew up listening to him. I'm 36 now. One of my favorite Gospel songs is ” What Is This”. This song has always ministered to me for years. He was an ambassador for Christ, you can feel it in his music. This is one soul you know is resting in the peacefull arms of Jesus.

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