Grammy Winner Lou Rawls Dies at Age 72
January 6, 2006

Legendary singer Lou Rawls died from brain cancer in Los Angeles Friday morning after an 8-month battle. He was 72.

In one of the star's final interviews, Rawls told "Extra" he jumped at the chance to perform at the World Series in his beloved hometown of Chicago just months after the diagnosis.

"They called my wife and said, 'We want him to do the national anthem. Are you available?'" Rawls had related. "And I said, 'Yes!'"

The multi-Grammy winner will be remembered for more than his four-decade musical legacy. He helped raise more than $200 million for the United Negro College Fund. "Extra" was also with Rawls and his beloved wife, Nina, as he opened the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

Last October, he told us that despite the diagnosis, he remained strong with the support of his fans. "It gives you that boost," he had said. "That makes you go, 'Wow.'"

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