Gospel Icon Rance Allen Dies At 71 [CONDOLENCES]

Gospel Icon Rance Allen Dies At 71 [CONDOLENCES]

Gospel legend Rance Allen has sadly passed away at 71.

Bishop Robert G. Rudolph of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) announced the news Saturday (Oct. 31st).

He said in a statement:

“God, who is omnipotent and consistent, has surrounded 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 within 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.”

His cause of death has not yet been made public.

The statement continued and said that because of COVID-19 restrictions, Rance Allen’s family will have a private service. A public memorial will be held when coronavirus limitations are lifted.

Fellow gospel legend Kirk Franklin emotionally took to Instagram to grieve the loss and said the two had been working on new music.



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2020 just keeps breaking my heart…

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Other fans of his music flocked to social media to share as well.

Condolences and prayers for Rance Allen’s family, friends, and fans.

Authored by: Char Patterson