Will Downing's Family and Celebrity Friends

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Will and his wife Audrey Wheeler Downing are all smiles during their visit to the Oprah show. “I know without a doubt that I am with the right woman.”

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Will Downing smooth vocals move the crowd. “You would think losing my voice because I¹m a singer was the biggest issue, but it didn’t bother me. I wasn’t even afraid of never being able to sing again because I’ve done so much in my life with my instrument and God has blessed me to touch more people than I could have ever imagined and has allowed me to travel the world.”

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Isaiah Washington, his wife Jenisa Marie and Will strike a pose. “When my fans see me they are in shock and amazement because I am walking again. Thank God for His mercy and my therapy.”

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A 2005 Portrait of Will by Bernard Jackson, who owns Gallery 61 in New Jersey.

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Will and soulstress Maysa are never camera shy. “My friends and loved ones were very supportive and it helped me make it through.”

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Like father like son. Will and Will, Jr. bond. “My sickness has helped me change my priorities and taught me that life is not all about money and you find out what’s really important – family and love.”

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Will’s children Siobhan, 16; Will, Jr., 23, and Aja, 11. “I couldn’t let them see me because to see a person reduced to nothing is hard to witness. I never ever wanted my kids to look at me like I was less than.”

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