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R&B Singer David Peaston has died at the age of 54. There are no details available, but according to postings his Facebook page, he passed away on Wednesday.

He had dealt with complications from diabetes, having both his legs amputated in later years and some social media sites are stirring with speculation that diabetes may have led to his passing.

He began singing as a second career after being a schoolteacher. He came to prominence after winning several times on the ‘Showtime At The Apollo’ amateur competition. His rendition of ‘God Bless The Child’ won over the legendarily tough Apollo crowd several times over, leading to him getting a record deal, releasing two albums, and even winning the Soul Train Award in 1990 for ‘Best New R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist’.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.