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The Pointer Sisters' Bonnie Pointer Dies at 69 – Glimpse inside Her Brilliant Singing Career

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 09, 2020
05:53 A.M.
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Bonnie Pointer, a legendary singer has passed away at the age of 69. She was famously known as one member of The Pointer Sisters, a four women Motown group.

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Bonnie died on Monday morning, June 8, 2020, according to her sister and former band member, Anita Pointer. Her sister confirmed: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning.”

Anita revealed how “devastated” the family was by the tragedy. She described Bonnie as her "best friend” with whom she spoke daily.

Bonnie Pointer poses for a portrait circa 1982 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Bonnie Pointer poses for a portrait circa 1982 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images

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MISSING BONNIE

Anita recalled how they’d “never had a fight in our life” and confessed, “I already miss her and I will see her again one day." She and her family have asked for prayers during this difficult time.

Roger Neal, her publicist, shared how the star had died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. Bonnie was an original member of The Pointer Sisters which initially began as a two women band.

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GOING SOLO

She was one of the lead singers of the duo, “The Pointers, A Pair,” which she founded in 1969 with her sister June Pointer. They became a quartet in 1973 with hit songs like, “Yes We Can Can.”

The late Grammy winner ended up leaving the group. She started a solo career in 1977 with cover hits like "Heaven Must Have Sent You," which reached number 11 in 1979 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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HER GRAMMY AWARD

Under Motown Records, Bonnie released three albums. She was also able to produce several singles with the new recording company after leaving TPS.

Her Grammy Award was for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group in the country category while she was still with her sisters. They won the award for their country music hit track "Fairytale."

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POINTER SISTERS REGROUP

The remaining Pointer Sisters also continued winning awards and creating hit songs without her. She reunited with her sisters for public appearances only on two separate occasions.

REUNITING

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In 1994, when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and two years later at a show in Las Vegas. Bonnie married to Motown executive Jeffrey Bowen in 1978.

LOSING A SISTER

In 2004, the pair separated before divorcing in 2016. June sadly passed away from cancer in 2006.

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HONORING JUNE

Anita and Bonnie recently released a tribute song for June called “Feels Like June.” According to a spokesperson, the song was said to be Bonnie’s final recording.

Bonnie is survived by her two remaining sisters, Anita and Ruth, and her two older brothers, Fritz and Aaron.

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