Bonnie Pointer of iconic group The Pointer Sisters dies aged 69

Jun 09, 2020
Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters has died at the age of 69. Source: Getty

Singing sensation Bonnie Pointer, from the much-loved group The Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 69.

The news of the talented performer’s passing was confirmed by her sister, and fellow group member, Anita in a statement published by multiple news outlets this week. Speaking fondly of her sibling, Anita described Bonnie as her best friend and said the family was devastated at the loss of the beloved woman.

“It’s with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister Bonnie died this morning,” Anita said according to Variety. “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.”

Tributes have already begun to pour in, with fans taking to social media to send their condolences following the loss of the star performer who was one of the founding members of The Pointer Sisters.

“Too young … I hope she had a peaceful and painless transition to a peaceful and painless place,” @catcatberry wrote on Twitter. “I hate to think she was aware of the recent terrible events. Hugs to her family.”

“Rest in peace beautiful lady. ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You’ is still one of my favourite songs,” @LifeIntheRegion said. While @FPPunohuReport added: “This was the music of my youthful days. Miss you much. Wings are waiting.”

Bonnie along with her two sisters June and Anita first began performing in 1969, starting with concerts at their father’s church. However, it wasn’t long before their talent was picked up and they were signed to a record company and their fame started to grow. In 1972 the eldest sister Ruth also joined the group and they found their success with their first top 10 hit, ‘Yes We Can Can’.

The Pointer Sisters enjoyed a string of hits, with tracks such as ‘Jump (For My Love)’ and ‘I’m So Excited’. Bonnie also won a Grammy in 1974, along with Anita, for writing the crossover hit ‘Fairytale’, with the song also recorded by Elvis Presley shortly after.

However, three years later in 1977 she went on to forge a solo career, producing much-loved songs including ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You’, which made it to number 11 in 1979. Bonnie’s career continued on for many years, releasing a total of four solo albums, with the last one being ‘Like a Picasso’ in 2011.

While Bonnie never returned to the Pointer Sisters group formally, she did join her sisters on several occasions, such as when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The star is survived by her brothers Aaron and Fritz and sisters Ruth and Anita. Sadly her third sister June died in 2006.

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