Jimmy Scott, a jazzman with a man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated All the Way, has died at the age of 88.
Scott's wife, Jeanie, says her husband died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday.
He had battled health problems stemming from a genetic hormone deficiency and had been under the care of a home nurse.
His 1992 album All the Way sold only 49,000 copies in the United States but earned him cult-like popularity in Europe and Asia, particularly Japan, where he often sold out performances.
Eventually he performed with the likes of Elton John and Sting.
Jeanie Scott said her husband stopped touring two years ago but continued recording. He is expected to be buried in Cleveland.