Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters has died
Bonnie Pointer, one of the original Pointer Sisters, has died from Cardiac arrest at age 69. "It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister Bonnie died this morning," wrote Anita Pointer of her sister in a statement sharing the sad news. "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."
Born Patricia Eva Pointer in 1950, Bonnie Pointer singing with her sister June in 1969 before sisters Ruth and Anita joined. The Pointer Sisters scored their first hit with "Yes We Can Can" and also charted with "Fairytale," "How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)," and "Going Down Slowly." The Pointer Sisters also sang on the funky and psychedelic "Pinball Number Count" segments on Sesame Street.
Bonnie left the group to pursue a solo career in 1977 -- right before the remaining Pointer Sisters hit big with their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" -- and she had a solo hit in 1979 with "Heaven Must Have Sent You."
Rest in peace, Bonnie.