Donny Hathaway (October 1 1945-January 13 1979) was an American singer and musician who did R&B, soul blues and jazz. He collaborated many times under singer Roberta Flack, and had many singles with her. He covered the Carole King hit You've Got a Friend and the Aretha Franklin song Baby I Love You. He was born in Chicago, though raised near St. Louis. He terminated his own life by jumping from a New York City hotel room onto the sidewalk on January 13, 1979. He had been battling mental troubles and depression.