SISTER Reveals Joni Sledge’s Cause Of Death & Recalls Her Surprising Last Days

Posted On : March 22, 2017

As Sister Sledge and their family continue to come to terms with the sudden death of singer, Joni Sledge, her sister, singer Kim Sledge, is speaking out to give their fans an update on the details surrounding her death.

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 1: Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge performs during the Justin Timberlake and Friends Old School Jam concert benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children at the Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts on October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
Joni Sledge (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)

On March 10, 2017, Joni was found deceased by a friend, inside of her Arizona home, at the age of 60. Her death came as a shock to her family and fans, because Joni appeared to be in such great health and full of life.

Kim Sledge On Joni’s Cause of Death

Kim Sledge, one-fourth of Sister Sledge, recently did an interview with Daily News and revealed that Joni passed away of natural causes and that there was no foul play into her death:

Kim, Joni, and Debbie Sledge
Kim, Joni, and Debbie Sledge

Via Daily News: Kim Sledge said the family is getting by “moment by moment. We believe that God just took her [Joni Sledge] home. She led a good clean life. It was natural causes,” she said. “She and my mom were very close, and we lost my mom to an aneurysm several years ago. I think it was just Joni’s time to go too,” she said. “She’s with our mom, and we feel the peace of that.”

Kim Sledge Describes Joni’s Last Days- Easy Bake Ovens & New Music

Kim said her sister was “full of life” and working on new music as recently as two weeks ago.

“She just left the studio days before she passed. She was in Nashville finishing up new mixes,” Kim said. On a conference call with their eldest sister Debbie earlier this month, Joni had them laughing about their lives growing up in Philadelphia, Kim said. “We were talking about our Easy-Bake oven and making the little cakes that our dog ate,” she said. “She was such a funny person.”

The Show Must Go On

Although Kim said Joni’s passing “was a shock to all of us,” she and her sister felt that the show must go on. In honor of Joni Sledge, her sisters, Debbie and Kim, performed eight days later (3-18-17) at Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, for a show the three of them were already contracted for. A the time of her interview, Kim described the [then] upcoming performance as “bittersweet:”

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“We know she’ll be on that stage with us. We really are that close,” Kim, 59, said. “I’m actually kind of relieved. It will be good to sing because singing is something we do that’s healing. We can sing her favorites. We might even sing some new material she wrote. I think it’s just going to be a concert where we love on each other.”

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Bicoastal/International Funeral Services For Joni Sledge

On Tuesday (3-21), Kim said the Sledge family returned to Phoenix, AZ for a service. But then they are heading to their hometown of Philadelphia for a second memorial service, where Joni will be “laid to rest with our mom, aunts and uncles in the Philadelphia area,” said Kim. According to PhillyTribe, the Philly service ‘will be held Saturday (3-25-17) at 9 a.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Ave. Burial is in Ivy Hill Cemetery.’

Kim also told News Daily that there may be a third memorial service for Joni in Britain:

“The UK was another place she loved. She was a world traveler who embraced all cultures and all people. She spoke French fluently. She was just an exceptional, effervescent person,” Kim said.

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Death isn’t always meant for us to understand, so it’s oftentimes difficult to process why some of us have to leave depart much sooner than others. Joni Sledge’s passing is still shocking for that reason, but her son, family, and fans have beautiful music, moments and memories to remember her by. Sending uplifting energy and condolences to her son, Thaddeus, and the Sledge family. Rest well Joni.

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