Gospel singer Delois Barrett Campbell has died at the age of 85.
The star passed away at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday (02Aug11) after battling a long illness.
Campbell formed The Barrett Sisters with her younger siblings Billie and Rodessa in the 1950s.
The trio released a number of albums, including Jesus Loves Me, Carry Me Back and God So Loved the World, and became one of Chicago's best-known gospel bands.
She later recorded a solo project, titled Through It All.
Campbell remained a beloved member of the gospel community right up to her death and received a special visit from Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on Monday (01Aug11).
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