According to THV11/CBS, Gospel music industry veteran Donna Creer and her husband passed away in a house fire in Little Rock, Arkansas early Wednesday morning. Creer was on the Stellar planning committee, worked for several radio stations based out of Little Rock and was a member of the GMWA. According to ABC KATV, Creer was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last Thursday.
There have been many tweets of disbelief and condolences. Donna Grady Creer is being remembered as a caring woman who was an integral part of the Gospel music community. Our prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues. Be sure to read tweets from the Gospel music community below the videos.
Cassandra Davis with Little Rock Police said fire department investigators determined a fire at 405 Markwood Road was a result of arson. The deaths of Donald Creer, 50, and Donna Creer, 57, are now considered ‘suspicious.’
Firefighters were dispatched to the home about 3:11 a.m. Once on scene, they removed both bodies, which were taken to area hospitals. Both Donald and Donna were pronounced dead at their respective hospitals. Davis said there did not appear to be injuries to the victims, but a cause of death has not been determined.
While on scene, firefighters also noticed a sliding glass door at the back of the house that was unlocked. At this time, Davis said it is unclear what occurred inside the residence, but police do not suspect the fire to be accidental. Firefighters and police have not determined a motive or suspects in this case.
So sorry to hear of the passing of donna Grady Creer–she was a great woman and a major light in the Gospel industry–will miss her
— teresa hairston (@thairston77) June 12, 2013
Just got the news about Mrs. Donna Creer.She was infectious with her smile & was so kind to me as a new kid on the block at the Stellars.RIP
— Patrick Dopson (@PatrickDopson) June 12, 2013
Sooo sorry to hear about Gospel industries Donna Creer and her husbands passing. instagram.com/p/aeIM2ctM1M/
— Fred Hammond (@RealFredHammond) June 12, 2013
I was saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, Donna Creer and her husband, Donald. Pray for the family. Life is so UNCERTAIN……
— Doug Williams (@DougWilliams_) June 12, 2013
She was the epitome of grace, elegance and excellence!She simply got IT done!RIP #DonnaCreer
— Cheryl Jackson (@cmrsjack) June 12, 2013
RIP Donna Creer… You’ll surely be missed!!! #TearingUpAsIType
— Zie’L (@OfficialZiel) June 12, 2013
Wow!!! The Gospel Music Industry mourns the passing of Donna Grady-Creer! Such a Queen! Such a… instagram.com/p/aeAj66jWAm/
— Benjamin Cone (@benjizworship) June 12, 2013
Soo sorry to hear about Donna Creer! She was always such a Sweet & Beautiful Lady! Praying for The Creer Family!
— James Hall (@jamesjazzyhall) June 12, 2013
This lady was the first person in the country to play my song “why we sing” on the radio. She passed today..Sad… twitter.com/kirkfranklin/s…
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) June 13, 2013
Truly devastating news. We all lost a well respected colleague, dear friend, lover of Gospel, Kingdom builder. RIP Donna Creer
— Jojo Pada (@ignitionPR) June 12, 2013
R.I.P Donna Creer. You were a classy women and you stood tall among giants. Praying for the family of Donna Creer and her husband.
— Phillip Carter (@Phillip_Carter) June 12, 2013
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