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R&B legend James Ingram dies at 66 after battle with brain cancer

 James [Photo: Courtesy]

R&B legend James Ingram has died.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 66.

Sources close to the star have told TMZ that he'd been fighting cancer for an extended period.

Actress and choreographer Debbie Allen reacted to the sad news, saying: "I have lost my dearest friend."

James is best known for his chart topping songs of the 80s, such as Baby Come To Me, a duet with Patti Austin, and Somewhere Out There, a duet with Linda Rondstadt.

The singer won a Grammy for his duet with Michael McDonald, Yah Mo Be There, and another for his hit 100 Ways.

He was nominated for another 12 Grammys during his career.

James also worked closely with Quincy Jones for years, recording and writing some huge hit songs, including Michael Jackson's PYT.

Despite their close friendship, James was noticeably absent from a Quincy tribute concert in LA last September.

Patti performed their hit song without him, doing her best impression of her dear friend while singing his parts.

During his career, James released five studio albums, between 1983 and 2008.

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