Jim Post Cause of Death Tragic: ‘Reach Out of the Darkness’ Hitmaker Dead at 82

Jim Post, the famous folk music star who sang the famous song “Reach Out of the Darkness” has died. He was 82.

Post left the world in deep shock when the crooner passed away earlier this month. His ex-wife, children’s author Janet Smith Post, shared the sad news with the New York Times (via Deadline), saying he passed away on Sept. 14 at a hospice in Dubuque, Iowa.

The singer, who famously dropped the song “Reach Out of the Darkness,” died of congestive heart failure.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, congestive heart failure — also known as heart failure — impairs a heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently. However, the serious condition does not indicate that a heart is failing or stopping working.

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It remains unknown if he was diagnosed with heart disease before death or if the condition came on suddenly.

Post’s life and career was immediately remembered by fans after his death, and some radio stations planned to play his songs as part of their tribute to the late singer.

Jim Post’s Life and Career

Post discovered his love for singing when he won a talent show as a first grader. This milestone led to him being cast to appear on a local radio show.

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Before his death, he revealed to the Chicago Sun-Times that he also became a “successful evangelistic singer,” singing in more than 500 churches.

The Houston-born folksinger notably began the early days of his career as a member of the Rum Runners. From there he met Cathy Conn and continuously performed together under the name Friend & Lover.

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Post had more than 20 records, but he was best known for his single big hit, “Reach Out the Darkness.” It reached Billboard’s Hit 100 by securing No. 10 in 1968. It has become part of several TV shows over the last few decades and has been featured in “Let’s Get Together (So Groovy Now)”, “Mo’ Money”, “Night Stalker”, “Aquarius” and “Beverly Hills, 90210”.

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His other works include I Love My Life, Slow to 20, Back on the Street Again, Ship Shape, The Crooner from Outer Space, Mark Twain and the Laughing River, and The heart of Christmas.”

Post released his last album, Frog in the Kitchen Sink, in 2000.

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