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Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen dead at 71

Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen, a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, and five-time Grammy nominee,  has passed away at 71.

Allen is best known for his gospel hit “Something About the Name Jesus.”

The formal announcement of his death came in a statement from Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr., Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ, on Saturday (Oct. 31). “God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Rance Lee Allen, to eternal rest,” read the statement.

Rudolph’s statement also said services will be held privately among Rance’s family due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Marie Allen, who in her church profile page, described her husband as “the sweetest, most humble, patient, loving, giving man this side of glory.”