How did Lee Williams of the Spiritual QC's die? Fans mourn his loss after news broke
Veteran gospel singer Lee Williams, the founder, and leader of the group Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC's died on August 30 in Tupelo, Mississippi. The group announced his death via a Facebook post on Monday, August 31 with their 137K fans. The post has already garnered some 2.5K comments and over 5K reactions and Williams is trending on Twitter after many fans took to the platform in disbelief, shock, and grief over his passing. Williams is survived by his wife Annie with whom he was married to for 50 years.
Speaking of sad demises of musical icons this year, the legendary Dusty Hill from ZZ Top died in his sleep in July following a hip injury. Reggae and dub icon Lee "Scratch" Perry died yesterday, August 29 at a hospital in Jamaica following an unspecified illness. The Grammy-winning crooner is survived by his wife and six kids. Dominican merengue singer Johnny Ventura died on July 28 following a heart attack, leaving behind his wife Josefina Flores who he was married for over 50 years.
How did Lee Williams of the Spiritual QC's die?
The band was the first to break the news about Williams' death. "It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our fearless leader, Dr. Lee Williams. We thank God for allowing him to Stop By On His Way Home, and though he has moved from his temporary house, the love, the memories, and the music will linger on. We will always remember that to Give Up is not an option if we want to be Welcomed Home. Funeral arrangements and other info will be announced at a later time. The family appreciates all of your condolences and respect during this time of bereavement. God Bless You All.....Thank You, Thank You and Thank You!"
The band's update did not mention the cause of death until now and we will update this article with new developments as and when they become available. However, it is assumed he passed after his long battle with Alzheimer's due to which he announced his retirement from music in 2018. The Tupelo native was given a key to the city to celebrate his retirement. A billboard sign was put up by a Texas promoter in honor of the singer, declaring Tupelo as the home of Elvis Presley and Lee Williams which could be seen by travelers coming to Mississippi from Alabama.
'The Godfather of Quartet Music' mourned by fans
People who were lucky enough to have been touched by his music are distraught over the news. "When I was 7 all I wanted was to go to a Lee Williams concert I took pictures w/ him and everything. RIP man," a tweet read. "Lee Williams gave me and my brother our first shot when I was 11 years old at the Gospel Explosion in Houston TX! He let us sing Cooling Water in front of all those people! RIP Lee Williams," another tweet read. "R.I.P. to a true legend in the quartet world. Def The Godfather of quartet music Lee Williams," another fan tweeted.
"I just can’t believe this my favorite, The Legend Mr. Lee Williams has passed away #GospelLegend" another grieving fan wrote. "RIP Dr. Lee Williams I’m glad I got to see you perform again one last time. You and your voice will be missed," wrote a fan who witnessed the magic of Williams' music in person.
When I was 7 all I wanted was to go to a Lee Williams concert 🥺🥺🥺🥺 I took pictures w/ him and everything. RIP man— kayla mf rae ❤️ (@_kaeluhrae) August 30, 2021
Lee Williams gave me and my brother our first shot when I was 11 years old at the Gospel Explosion in Houston TX! He let us sing Cooling Water in front of all those people! 😢💔 RIP Lee Williams— JABARI JOHNSON (@johnson_jabari) August 30, 2021
R.I.P. to a true legend in the quartet world. Def The Godfather of quartet music 🕊 Lee Williams— Preecha Kidd (@PKSpeedy_87) August 30, 2021
I just can’t believe this 😭 my favorite, The Legend Mr. Lee Williams has passed away 🥺💔#GospelLegend— MY’RIAH🍯 (@NekaGraham) August 30, 2021