Founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Pointer, has died aged 69.
Pointer, who was essential to the group’s early success, died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on Monday.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning. Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time,” Anita Pointer said in a statement.
“The Pointer Sisters would never have happened had it not been for Bonnie,” she said.
Singer Gloria Gaynor and Oscar-Nominated songwriter Diane Warren paid tribute to Pointer.
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and fans. I pray peace for her family and that soon sweet memories of her will bring smiles to their faces before bringing tears to their eyes,” Gaynor wrote on Twitter.
“Very very sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie Pointer. As if this year needs another reason to suck. Rest in power Bonnie,” Warren tweeted.
The original members of the Pointer Sisters were Bonnie, June and Anita and the current members are Ruth, her daughter Issa and granddaughter Sadako Pointer.
In addition to her sisters Ruth and Anita, Bonnie is survived by her two older brothers, Aaron and Fritz.
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Written by Rekha Kulen