RIP: James Ingram

Grammy winning R&B singer and songwriter James Ingram has died from a battle with a form of brain cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the singer tell us James had been fighting the cancer for an extended period. Actress and choreographer Debbie Allen reacted to the news Tuesday, saying ... "I have lost my dearest friend.

He was 66

Over the course of his career, James achieved eight Top 40 hits, two of which — his 1991 duet with Patti Austin , “Baby, Come to Me,” and his 1989 hit “I Don’t Have the Heart” — went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 12-time Grammy-nominated artist also won two of the coveted awards throughout his career. His first Grammy was for his 1983 duet with Michael McDonald , "Yah Mo Be There" and his second came in 1991 for his track, "100 Ways."

James is also known for co-writing Michael Jackson 's smash hit, "P.Y.T."



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