R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Andrea Martin has died, aged 49. The celebrated icon’s passing was confirmed in a message posted to her Instagram account. 

“Dear family and friends, it is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of our beautiful Andrea Martin also known as ‘Annie’,” the statement read. “Andrea will always be remembered for her passion and dedication to her family and friends. Her impact will continue to be felt and heard for a lifetime.

“We thank you in advance for your condolences, love, compassion and understanding during this time. Please limit calls as we are trying to finalise arrangements at this time. Once finalised, we will be sure to post arrangements,” the statement continued. “Forever a legend. April 14, 1972 – September 27, 2021.”

A memorial fund has now been set up on Go Fund Me. 

Best known for her role as a songwriter, Martin’s oeuvre includes En Vogue’s hit single ‘Don’t Let Go’, ‘Before You Walk Out Of My Life’ by Monica, SWV’s ‘You’re The One’, and ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’, one of Angie Stone’s best-loved tracks. 

Throughout her career Martin also worked with a host of other names, including Jennifer Hudson, Blu Cantrell, Toni Braxton, and Leona Lewis, many of who have posted tributes following the news. Meanwhile, her own debut album, ‘The Best of Me’, landed in 1998 via Sony imprint Arista Records. 

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