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Singer Lou Rawls Dies of Cancer at 72

Lou Rawls, the Chicago-born crooner known for his velvety baritone, died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 72. Rawls was hospitalized last month for treatment of brain and lung cancer.

While Rawls was talented enough to cross easily from jazz to R&B to blues and back again, he was almost equally known for his charitable acts, especially for founding the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon. The foundation raised more than $200 million for the United Negro College Fund in the 1980s.

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