LATEST: Texas singer/songwriter Chris Whitley lost his battle with lung cancer on Sunday night (20NOV05) at the age of 45.

His brother DAN posted a message about Whitley's secret cancer battle over the weekend, reporting that the singer was "resting peacefully" in home hospice care.

But the cult blues star lost his battle and died on Sunday.

Whitley got his break in the music business in New York when producer Daniel Lanois met him busking in 1990 and worked on his acclaimed debut album LIVING WITH THE LAW.

Whitley released his 11th CD, SOFT DANGEROUS SHORES this summer (05). A final album, REITER IN, is expected to be released next month (DEC05).