Rich Mullins Killed

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Monday 1st December 1997

Unfortunate tragedy hits Mullins' family and friends

CONTEMPORARY Christian music veteran Rich Mullins, 41, was killed in a car accident on Friday, 19th September, between 9 and 10pm on Interstate 39 in LaSalle County, Illinois. Also in the accident was Mitch McVicker, 24, who wrote, performed and lived on the Navajo Nation reservation in Window Rock, Arizona, with Mullins. McVicker is presently hospitalised in critical condition. Born on 21st October 1955, Mullins, a bachelor, is survived by his mother, Neva, of Richmond, Ind, two older sisters and two younger brothers.

According to Mullins' manager, James E Dunning Jr, Mullins and McVicker were travelling in a Jeep from Chicago to Wichita, Kan. It is believed the car passed a tractor-trailer and the accident occurred in a matter of minutes. The car's wheels came off the shoulder of the road and the driver lost control of the vehicle. It is not known who was driving. Both Mullins and McVicker were thrown from the car. The tractor-trailer swerved to miss the vehicle and McVicker, but instead hit Mullins in the other lane. Mullins died instantly. CR

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Posted by Joseph WInters in COLUMBUS @ 22:38 on Jul 28 2018

I admired this man. OF God. OUR GOD USED HIM for all of us .RICH WAS DIFFERENT FROM most musicians and personalities. BECAUSE using his music and what he sang about .to bring my life right. Back with our GOD THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. and also many other people even to this day now. I am grateful and thankful for all the things that God gives me I play music myself but I do many other things I write on Facebook Joseph Winters I support Israel God's chosen people the Jews they have been persecuted for thousands of years we must honor all people and hate sin. thank you so much I can send you other things one day I will maybe write more and send to you but how God uses different people even myself I am nothing but a servant I'm also a fifth cousin of the Lake Johnson Winters comedian and actor even though I never met him he was a kind and funny man God bless each and everyone of you sincerely yours Joseph Garrett Winters.



Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:34 on Sep 10 2011

This year marks 14 years since the loss of this great ccm singer/songwriter/musician. Another one that was too young to die. I got to see Rich open up for Amy Grant in the Spring of 1986; about the time of his first solo release. During Rich's last concert 6 months prior to his passing; he played the dulcimer: I really enjoyed the performance, he was soo talented!
What a beautiful tribute in Rich's memory of his great song legacy "Awesome GOD" by ccm artists: great cd to have, superbly done! We have his music that lives on in the lives of us left here. Rich has met his Maker,
the "Awesome GOD" he wrote and sang about. The songs of Rich still make impact today. I recall when a hurricane hit our area some years ago; ccm airwaves played the song "Verge of A Miracle". The song was sent as message of hope,and it was! We had very minimal damages: OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!
Our loss is Heaven's gain; precious in the sight of the LORD, is the death of His saints. They are with Him forever! Hats off to ccm artist Amy Grant for recording his songs "Sing Your Praise to the LORD", "Doubly Good To You", "Hold Me JESUS" & the superbly recorded "Nothing is Beyond YOU": what a legacy of Rich's music that lives on. I am glad I got to see Rich in concert when he was here on earth.



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