News reports state the ultimate Queen of Gospel, singer Albertina Walker as ascended to heaven at age 81 Friday. Albertina Walker affectionately nicknamed as ‘Tina’ to those who were close to her. She died of respiratory failure in a Chicago hospital. She had been hospitalized since August, while battling emphysema.
Albertina was the youngest of nine children and born in 1929 in Chicago. She started singing at age four at her family church at Chicago’s West Point Baptist Church.