Tragic news has just come in that Grammy award-winning artist, Bonnie Pointer, died this morning.
The Pointer Sisters are an incredibly popular and much-loved Motown group who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s.
They were perhaps most well-known for their original hit song, "I'm So Excited."
Bonnie Pointer was one of the original members of the group.
She sang alongside her sister, June, and, eventually, the pair became a quartet when their sisters, Ania and Ruth, joined them.
Bonnie left the group in the late 1970s to pursue a solo career.
And her disco cover of The Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You" became a top 20 pop hit in September 1979.
The tragic news came from Bonnie's sister and fellow band-member, Anita.
"It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning," she said. "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."
Heartbreaking. Rest in peace, Bonnie.
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