Sad news came this morning that the Godfather of Soul has passed. I am shocked and deeply saddened. He was admitted to Emory Long Hospital yesterday here in Atlanta and died early Christmas morning at 1:45 A.M. of heart failure. He will be remembered as one of the greatest R&B artists and showman of all time. His music, zest for life, and passion for the well-being of our people touched me. I thank God for his life and example. Pray for his family and children and may he rest peacefully in the arms of God.