Los Angeles: Joni Sledge, who was one of the key members and co-founders of the R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, is reportedly dead. She was 60.
The group that was founded some 46 years ago was launched by four sisters who went on to defy the years and age to make the project a mammoth success.
The news of Joni Sledge’s death came as a huge shock to not just her fans across the US and beyond, but also her sisters and other band members and support staff. It is due to the fact that she was not suffering from any illness. She hadn’t been to any hospital in recent months too.
The group publicist, Biff Warren confirmed the death to the media. In a Facebook post, the sisters said, “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord”..
The group was launched by the four sisters in the year 1971. Sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge, symbolizing strong family values, achieved international success at the height of the disco era. The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album We Are Family, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum. The album included the 1979 single “We Are Family” which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “Lost in Music”.
Born in the year 1957, Joni Sledge came from a musical family. The band website says, “Our group’s legacy of love stems from the expression of sisterhood so triumphantly voiced in our most famous song “We Are Family”. This message, now as important and fresh as ever, perfectly communicates the energy of our treasured familial bond. Moreover, through life experience we have come to realize that we are ‘all’ family. Together we must stand in unity as sisters and brothers for the betterment of humankind. Every woman, man and child has the right to receive love. We hope that through our music and message, we will play a part in setting hearts free and helping spirits soar. We are all different. We are all equal. We are all awesome! “ Joni Sledge cause of death was yet unknown.