Al Jarreau, the jazz-pop musician best known for the hits “We’re in This Love Together,” “Breakin’ Away,” and the theme song to the popular 1980’s TV show, “Moonlighting,” died Sunday at the age of 76, according to posts on his verified social media accounts.
Jarreau’s Facebook page said that he “passed away this morning, at about 600am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends.”
No cause of death was given.
Nicknamed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his innovative vocal stylings, Jarreau was one of the few performers of his day who successfully bridged pop, jazz and R&B. He released more than 20 albums over his famous career and won seven Grammy Awards. His theme for the late 1980s American television show “Moonlighting,” for which he wrote the lyrics, cemented his place in pop culture.
Jarreau died hours before Sunday’s Grammy awards, the biggest night of the year for the music industry. He had been hospitalized for exhaustion last week and was forced to cancel his remaining tour dates for 2017.