R&B soul singer Gerald Levert died today (Nov. 10) of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. Levert, the son of O’Jays lead singer Eddie Levert, emerged from his father’s shadow to become one of the most well-known singer/songwriter and producer of our time. The singer was 40 years old. “He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer,” says a statement from his label Atlantic Records. “Above all, he was an exceptional human being whose warmth and grace inspired us all.” Gerald Levert is best known for hits like “I Swear” and “I’d Give Anything,” as well as chart-toppers with the groups LeVert and LSG. More recent albums by Levert included 2002’s “The G Spot” and 2004’s “Do I Speak for the World.” Beyond singing, Levert’s talents included songwriting and producing. His collaborations included projects with Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass and the Winans. Levert had four children.