It’s with a heavy heart that I report world-renowned gospel great Bishop Rance Allen has passed away at 71.

His cause of death has not been released.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) announced the news of his passing in a letter written by Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr.

God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Rance Lee Allen, to eternal rest.

Bishop Allen served as Prelate of the Michigan Northwest Harvest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Bishop Allen was a world-renowned gospel artist and affectionately known as the “Father of Contemporary Gospel Music.”

Bishop Allen’s unique vocal ministry was an indispensable sound with the Church Of God In Christ and Christendom.

His gift transcended the boundaries of musical genre as he remained a sought after personality called to perform on global venues.

View the letter below:

Bishop Rance Allen’s timeless gospel single, “Something About The Name Jesus,” written by Kirk Franklin, will always bless your spirit.

My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved Bishop Allen.

May he rest in paradise.

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