January 10, 2016 7:26 pm
Updated: January 10, 2016 7:28 pm

Rhythm and blues legend Otis Clay dies in Chicago at age 73

Otis Clay sings "Got To Get Back!" with the Bo-Keys on stage during the 33rd annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn on May. 10, 2012.

Brandon Dill/The Commercial Appeal via AP
A A

CHICAGO – Rhythm and blues artist Otis Clay, a hall of fame musician who also was a community activist on Chicago’s West Side, has died. He was 73.

Miki Mulvehil was the one-time Grammy nominee’s manager. She told The Associated Press that Clay died of a heart attack about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Mulvehil says Clay was preparing an upcoming gospel tour and had been nominated for two Blues Music Awards – one for his album with Billy Price and one for soul blues music artist.

READ MORE: Notable Canadians who died in 2015

Clay was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

Mulvehil says Clay was not only a great musician but a humanitarian, working on charitable causes. He often performed his 1993 standard, “When the Gates Swing Open” for funerals.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.

Global News