Gospel Star David Peaston Dies

A woman kneeling at church holding rosaryR&B/gospel singer David Peaston, best known for the singles, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right)” and “Can I?”, has died at 54 years old. The exact details of his deah are not currently known, though he did suffer from diabetes and diabetes complication, having had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prosthesis in his later years.

Born in St. Louis, MO, Peaston was a former schoolteacher, who, in the late 1980s, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, impressing the the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

Peaston won a Soul Train Music Award in 1990 for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.

Peaston’s mother, Martha Bass, was a member of The Clara Ward Singers gospel group. His older sister is R&B/soul singer Fontella Bass. In 1993, he recorded a gospel album with Fontella and Martha Bass entitled Promises: A Family Portrait Of Faith. He also sang on Lester Bowie’s The One and Only.

In 2006, David Peaston returned to music with his album, Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration. The album featured eight new tracks by Peaston, as well as several of his biggest hits.

Diabetes Facts…

Diabetes is a disease in which the body has problems producing or using insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy.

Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes:

• 4.9 million (an increase from 3.7 million in 2007), or 18.7% of all African Americans, aged 20 years or older, also have diabetes.

• African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.

• 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes.

• 1 in 4 African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes.

For healthy, everyday ways to manage diabetes, visit BlackDoctor.org’s Living With Diabetes Channel.