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Ronald Winans, 48, gospel singer

DETROIT -- Ronald Winans, a Grammy-winning member of The Winans, who are called the first family of gospel, died yesterday at the age of 48.

Mr. Winans, who had suffered a heart attack in 1997, died at Harper Hospital of heart complications, his family said. He had recently been admitted for observation, the family said, after doctors realized he was retaining fluid.

''The family wishes to thank everyone who joined us in prayer and will continue to extend their unwavering support during our time of loss," said BeBe Winans, one of Mr. Winans's brothers.

Ronald Winans, along with brothers Marvin, Carvin, and Michael, was discovered by Grammy-winning gospel singer Andrae Crouch.

The group's first album, ''Introducing The Winans," was released in 1981. Later, BeBe and his sister CeCe would record as a duo and then separately.

Mr. Winans, who sang on five Grammy-winning albums, released ''A Celebration," a live recording, earlier this year.

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