B.J. Thomas Loses Battle With Lung Cancer, Dead At 78
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B.J. Thomas, best known for hits like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling”, has passed away at the age of 78. The Grammy-winning singer died from complications associated with lung cancer at his home in Arlington, Texas on Saturday – he revealed his health problem back in March.
“I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music,” he said when he first made the announcement, “and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you.”
Born in 1942 in Hugo, Oklahoma, his first public performance was at the Temple Oaks Baptist Church. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. Influenced and inspired by Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson, he used to sing in the choir with his older brother, Jerry. Even after he struck gold, he scored several hits while regularly touring all over the globe. He even dabbled in acting.
Following years of substance abuse in the late ’70s, he focused on his family and religion. He took home multiple Grammy awards for his Gospel and inspirational songs.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren.