Duranice Pace, an American Gospel Singer who had moved the hearts of many people, passed away on Thursday, January 14. Pace was the oldest of Atlanta’s acclaimed sibling gospel group the ‘Anointed Pace Sisters.’ The sisters did live up to their name, with voices that touched the hearts of anyone who had heard them sing. The anointed sisters were introduced to the world only a few years ago, thanks to social media. The video clip had turned her into a viral internet sensation. In the viral clip, she sang the words, "I'll always be thankful" to some of her siblings on Thanksgiving. Find out what happened to Duranice Pace.
This is unbelievable! RIP Duranice Pace pic.twitter.com/rkCdCACJSM— Des (@desvanlowe) January 14, 2021
R.I.P to Duranice Pace who went viral for her holiday singing. Fly high 🕊🕊 pic.twitter.com/CVvIkSFNB7— 7 Fig Nig (@SenatorSigma) January 14, 2021
Mother Pace will always be a gospel legend to those who grew up listening to the Pace Sisters in church and to the many who did not but were touched by her kind attitude and infectious spirit. pic.twitter.com/KUpvLXJAu1— 7 Fig Nig (@SenatorSigma) January 14, 2021
The heartbreaking news of Duranice Pace’s death was broken by her friend Shiba Russell. Russell took to Twitter on January 15 to inform Duranice’s fans that the singer had passed away. In the tweet, Russell writes that she had last spoken to Pace on December 15, when Pace was hospitalized. Many fans have speculated on Twitter that she was sick.
RIH Gospel legend Duranice Pace🙏🏽💔 I just confirmed the news of her passing with one of her sisters. I last spoke to my dear friend, my sister, on Dec 15 from her hospital bed. She was in great spirits. So very upset now 🥺Will write something more thoughtful later #DuranicePace pic.twitter.com/s32CvuwqHD— Shiba Russell (@ShibaRussell) January 14, 2021
When Pace appeared on Steve Harvey’s show in 2019, she had revealed that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and had been attending physicians who had given her three years to live. According to a report in iHeartRadio, Duranice Pace's illness was the cause of her death. Pace passed away at the age of 63, due to complications related to her long-standing illness. The report reveals that Bettie Ann Pace, the mother of the sisters, died last year at the age of 82. Duranice Pace's death shocked many fans.
According to a report in IMDb, the group is made up of nine sisters. Here are the group members: Duranice Pace (May 13, 1958 – January 14, 2021, Phyllis Yvonne Pace (born February 22, 1959), June Lorraine Pace–Martin (born February 13, 1960), LaShun Pace (born September 7, 1961), Melonda Pace (born December 10, 1963), Dejuaii Pace (born April 24, 1965) and Leslie Renee. Many fans mourned the loss of the vibrant singer on Twitter.
So sorry 💔. She was such a light.— Milas (@Due2Grace) January 14, 2021
So sorry to hear this praying for her family & you also Shiba, stay strong & stay & faith always just a sad situation! 🙏🏾💔🙌🏾#Faith— DAVE (@hoot7767) January 15, 2021
Such sad news. 😔Prayers for her family. 🙏🏼— Nicole L. Townsend (@nltownsend1) January 15, 2021
Another report in the Huffington Post reveals that the Pace sisters are a religious bunch. They were raised in a strict Pentecostal family, sing gospel professionally. Duranice Pace and her sisters have travelled across the United States for 15 years sharing their love of God through song. Yet each of these Pace sisters was carrying a burden that weighed her down both emotionally and physically. For DeJuaii, it is her homosexuality. For Duranice it was cancer, which she had been battling for the last 13 years.
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