Pamela Hutchinson of soul group The Emotions died on Friday at age 61. The band shared the sad news:

In loving memory, we are saddened to announce the passing of our sister, Pamela Rose Hutchinson, on Friday, September 18, 2020. Pam succumbed to health challenges that she'd been battling for several years. Now our beautiful sister will sing amongst the angels in heaven in perfect peace.

During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. We love you, Pamela!

Thank you and as always, You Got The Best of Our Love.

-The Emotions

Pamela joined her sisters Wanda and Sheila in The Emotions in 1977, briefly replacing her sister Jeanette (who was pregnant), right before the band made Rejoice, which was produced by Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White and features their #1 smash "The Best of My Love." Pamela also sang on Earth, Wind & Fire's 1983 album Electric Universe.

Rest in peace, Pamela.