R+B diva Alicia Keys is distraught about the death of soul legend Ray CHARLES and fears "soon all the greats will be gone".

The FALLIN' singer is anxious about the future of her music without the inspiration of Charles - who died from acute liver disease last week (13JUN04) - and is determined to appreciate living musical icons before it's too late.

The 23-year-old says, "It saddens me that we have lost him. Who will we turn to now for inspiration? I can't help but feel that soon all the greats will be gone. We really have to appreciate them while they're here.

"In mourning Mr Charles, it's comforting to remember that the beauty and musicianship will live on forever in every piece of work he's contributed to the world. His legacy is forever, and I will always cherish it."

14/06/2004 17:21