Nancy Wilson, Legendary Jazz Singer, Dies at 81

She passed away after a long illness, according to reports.

Legendary jazz singer Nancy Wilson has died at the age of 81. 

Wilson, who won three Grammy Awards, “passed away peacefully” in her California home on Thursday, according to her manager Devra Hall Levy. Her death reportedly came after a long illness. 

The family doesn’t plan to hold a funeral for Wilson, but a celebration of life instead – which is what she wanted. 

The singer, who retired from touring in 2011, released her first album, "Like in Love," in 1959. One of her most famous singles – her rendition of “Guess Who I Saw Today" – featured on her 1960 album, "Something Wonderful."

In the 1960s, she recorded eight albums that graced the Billboard Pop chart. She is most known for her hit song "(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am."

Wilson won a Grammy for best R&B performance in 1965 and went on to win two jazz Grammys in 2005 and 2007.

She leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.