Ronald Winans Dies at 48

Missed But Not Forgotten

The Winans
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Ronald Winans, born the second of ten children on June 30, 1956, died just two weeks before his 49th birthday, on June June 17, 2005. He was laid to rest on June 24, 2005, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

At the time of his passing, Ronald was survived by his father David "Pop" (who has since passed away in 2009) and mother Delores. Ronald had nine siblings.

In 1997, eight years prior to Ronald's final rest, he clinically died on an operating table during open heart surgery.

It was after much prayer from his loved ones that he was given a second chance to show the world that miracles still do happen. 

More heart complications troubled Ronald in both May and June of 2005. The night before Ronald's passing, when the doctors explained that he would likely not make it through the night, his whole family came to the hospital to be with him.

However, even after Ronald's death, his miracle life can still be remembered forever more.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Winans family as they grieve the loss of a loved one while celebrating his life and many accomplishments.

Ronald's tribute service was held at Perfecting Church (where is bronger Marvin L. Winans was pastor) on June 23rd, the night before his burial. Ronald's family was joined with thousands of others to rejoice not in their separation from Ronald but in Ronald's reunion with Christ.

Ronald's sister, CeCe Winans, dedicated not only her 2005 album Purified to her brother but also "Mercy Said No," her 2003 song from the album Throne Room.

Press Release

CeCe Winans' record company, PureSprings Gospel, asked that the following press release about the death of Ronald Winans be passed on:

(2005 PRESS RELEASE) - The multi-award winning musical dynasty, The Winans Family said good bye to Ronald Winans, the second eldest of the ten siblings, on the morning of June 17th. Winans endured a massive heart-attack in 1997, but because of much prayer he experienced a miraculous recovery after the doctors had given him up for dead. In recent weeks, Ronald was admitted to the hospital for observation after the doctors realized he was retaining an abnormal amount of fluid in his body. On Thursday the doctors announced that they didn't feel Winans would make it through the night and he peacefully succumbed due to heart complications early this morning. The entire family gathered together at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan to be with Ronald until his final moments. "The family wishes to thank everyone who joined us in prayer and will continue to extend their unwavering support during our time of loss," states the seventh son, BeBe Winans.

Winans who was to turn 49 years old on the 30th of June was part of the quartet, The Winans. The four brothers Marvin, Carvin, Michael & Ronald were discovered by contemporary gospel pioneer, singer/songwriter/ producer, Andrae Crouch. They released their first album in 1981 titled, Introducing The Winans. It was with this release that the world would become familiar with the name, Winans, which is now synonymous with gospel. In January 2005 Winans released his final CD, Ron Winans Family & Friends V: A Celebration which was recorded live at Greater Grace in Detroit.

Brother and sister dynamic duo, Bebe & CeCe Winans made a huge impact in the music world. Their innovative, contemporary sound propelled gospel music to new heights. Their mega-hit, "Addictive Love" rested in the #1 spot on the Billboard R& B Charts for several weeks. As a whole the family has made an incredible mark in the music industry racking up a myriad of awards and accolades. Often referred to as the first family of gospel, their achievements include 31 Grammy Awards, over 20 Stellar and Dove Awards and 6 NAACP Image Awards. Ronald will be missed but not forgotten and his contribution to the gospel music world and the church will live on forever.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time, but the family is receiving letters of sympathy at the Perfecting Church, 7616 East Nevada Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48234.

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