Debbie FriedmanHighly influential Jewish folk singer Debbie Friedman died Sunday, Jan. 9, due to complications surrounding pneumonia. According to the Associated Press, the singer-songwriter was admitted to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Jan. 3 and succumbed to an infection.

"She was a musician and a composer and traveled a great deal, and fatigue is a normal course of that lifestyle," said Jerry Kaye, a family spokesman.

Throughout her recording career, Friedman released 20 albums, with her work receiving international attention from its incorporation into modern day synagogue traditions. The Minnesota native worked to blend folk music, a la Joan Baez, with traditional Hebrew styles, and she's best known for her musical version of 'Mi Sheberach' (the Prayer for Healing).