After hours of searching, I’ve found the first confirmed news report of Bishop Walter Hawkins’ death.
A fellow journalist, CNN’s Roland Martin, includes a link to a mainstream news organization’s reporting of Bishop Walter Hawkins’ passing.
The San Jose Mercury News carries an Associated Press wire report that Martin linked to in his Tweet. The A.P. report has a timestamp of 8:29 PDT, which would have been within the last half-hour.
The A.P. report quotes Bishop Hawkins’ brother, Edwin Hawkins, who explained that Bishop Hawkins had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, something I’m sure many who love his music would not have known. He died at his home in Ripon, Calif.
As I noted minutes ago in a post, the mainstream media seemed a little slow to post an obituary on Bishop Hawkins’ death, even as thousands sent Tweets on Twitter and updates on Facebook.
I definitely trust Roland’s reporting, even if it’s just a link on Twitter.
(I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Martin ONCE at an Society of Professional Journalists convention when he was an editor at the Chicago Defender, now at CNN)
Thanks Roland for giving us this info!