The member of The Pointer Sisters ‘Bonnie Pointer‘ has died at age 69 on Monday morning.
Bonnie Pointer died of cardiac arrest, according to her publicist, Roger Neal. In a statement, her older sister Anita said, “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.”
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The four Pointer Sisters began singing together more than 50 years ago in their hometown church in Oakland, California, where their father ministered. Bonnie Pointer and her youngest sister, June, started singing together professionally in 1969. They later recruited older sisters Anita and Ruth to join them, before debuting their first album together in 1973.
Bonnie Pointer Died At 69
In her statement, Anita Pointer credited Bonnie for the success of their musical family.“The Pointer Sisters never would have happened had it not been for Bonnie,” she said.
The group won their first Grammy Award for their crossover hit, “Fairytale,” in 1974. Bonnie Pointer recorded five albums with her sisters before pursuing a solo career. She signed with Motown and scored her biggest solo hit with the 1978 disco track, “Heaven Must Have Sent You.”Pointer released three albums with Motown before stepping back a bit from the spotlight, though she still performed periodically over the years.
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“I was the first one to step out and start singing in public,” Bonnie said in 1979. “I wanted to be in show business, and everyone else was sort of, ‘Well we might not make it — it’s going to be hard.’”