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Connie Denell, known as ‘the Gospel Diva,’ dies at 65

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-25 21:50:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Connie Denell, known as the "Gospel Diva,” has died. She was 65.

Denell was a voice for Nashville's 92Q for 37 years before retiring a few years ago, when she was in need of a kidney transplant.

PHOTOS: Connie Denell, known as the 'Gospel Diva,' dies at age 65

She won numerous awards, including a Stella Award and NAACP Award.

Allison Warren, VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Nashville, released the following statement:

“Connie Denell, known also as “The Gospel Diva” dominated Sunday mornings on 92Q (WQQK) for over 30 years. Both on and off air she lifted those around her up in joy, love and prayer. She was always willing to help a friend, neighbor or even stranger in need. We thank Connie for her many contributions to Cumulus and will fondly remember her days with us. We send heartfelt condolences to Connie’s family.”

In addition for being the voice of gospel radio, her colleagues said she was often the voice of reason.

"It was amazing the power that she wielded, and it was just her faith," said Kenny Smoov, of 92Q. "It was really through her faith, it wasn't really Connie as much as she was following her orders to be a servant and that's what she was hands down."

Friends said even after Denell survived several strokes she went back on the radio and told people to pray and help others.

"I think what kept her was the good deeds that she had done for people," said Sharon Kay, General Manager of WFSK Radio. "And the fundraisers she did and organized for decades in Nashville, there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into things like that."

Funeral plans have not been announced.