Music industry mourns passing of legendary singer James Ingram

James Ingram's death was announced on Twitter by his long-time friend and actress Debbie Allen.

FILE: Musician James Ingram performs onstage during the UNICEF Playlist with the A-List celebrity karaoke benefit at El Rey Theatre on 17 May 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Getty Images For UNICEF/AFP.

NEW YORK - The Recording Academy has added its voice to the tributes pouring in for two-time Grammy-winning singer James Ingram, who died at the age of 66 after suffering from brain cancer.

His death was announced on Twitter by his long-time friend and actress Debbie Allen.

The Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammy awards, says Ingram’s rich voice and masterful songwriting made a lasting impact on the music industry.

Fellow singers, like Gladys Knight and Josh Groban, are among those who’ve shared their sadness at his passing.

Groban says Ingram was a vocalist all looked up to.

Quincy Jones, who worked on Michael Jackson’s _P.Y.T _with Ingram, described him as simply magical.

Ingram was perhaps best known for his two US number ones, Baby Come to Me and I Don’t Have the Heart.

WATCH: Patti Austin & James Ingram perform Baby Come To Me in 1983

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)