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Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay dies at age 73

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/9/2016

Otis Clay performs onstage at the Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, June 2, 2007. © Paul Natkin/Getty Images Otis Clay performs onstage at the Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, June 2, 2007. 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.

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.  Lemmy Kilmister: FILE - This April 8, 2010 file photo shows Lemmy Kilmister, of Motorhead, arriving at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, the Motorhead frontman whose outsized persona made him a hero for generations of hard-rockers and metal-heads, has died on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. In Memoriam 2015

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