Bonnie Pointer of the celebrated group the Pointer Sisters has died. She was 69 years old.
Bonnie’s sister Anita confirmed the death of her sister.
“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. Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day, we never had a fight in our life, I already miss her and I will see her again one day.”
Bonnie was one of the original members of the group, which began as a duo.
She left the Pointer Sisters in the 1970s and enjoyed her own successful solo career as well.
The Pointer Sisters were also incredibly successful, and Motown backed both the group and Bonnie’s solo journey.
As TMZ reports, “Bonnie had a prolific recording career under Motown Records — which signed her after she left TPS — cranking out 3 full albums and producing a number of singles too. Her disco rendition of ‘Heaven’ peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“While she was with the Pointer Sisters, she earned a Grammy award for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group in the country category, no less, for their crossover hit ‘Fairytale.'”
Bonnie was married to Motown producer Jeffrey Bowen for several years, after the two first wed in 1978. While the couple didn’t divorce until 2011, they had previously separated in 2004. Jeffrey produced several albums for Motown, including three for the Temptations.
Bonnie and her sister June were both singers and tap dancers as children, and they joined forces to form the Pointers in 1969. Anita joined the group as well, and they changed their name to the Pointer Sisters. Eventually, they even got their oldest sister Ruth to join in, and they released their debut album in 1973.
Bonnie also enjoyed her own solo career, and her song “Heaven Must Have Sent You” reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts.
Bonnie was born on July 11, 1950, in Oakland, California. She is survived by her sisters Ruth and Anita. June Pointer died April 11, 2006. Earlier this year, Bonnie and Anita released a tribute to their sister called “Feels Like June.”
A cause of death has not yet been released for Bonnie.