So Sad, Sister Sledge Singer Dies Suddenly, Family Issues Details

Posted On : March 11, 2017
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 of Sister Sledge. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)

ILOSM family we have very sad news to share. Joni Sledge, one of the founding members of the legendary soul group, Sister Sledge has suddenly passed away at the age of 60.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: (L-R) Kim Sledge, Joni Sledge and Debbie Sledge of the band Sister Sledge attend the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction And Awards Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
(L-R) Kim Sledge, Joni Sledge, and Debbie Sledge of  Sister Sledge, attend the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction And Awards Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

According to NBC News, ‘Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, the band’s publicist, Biff Warren, said. A cause of death has not been determined. He said she had not been ill.’

Family’s Statement About Joni Sledge’s Passing

NETHERLANDS - circa 1980: American vocal group Sister Sledge pose for a portrait in circa 1980 in the Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
Sister Sledge, circa 1980. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Joni’s sisters/Sister Sledge members released the following statement about her death on Facebook

Important Announcement: Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord.
We thank you in advance for allowing us the privacy to mourn quietly as a family. We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved & embraced life. We love you & God Bless You all. -The Sledge Family

performs onstage during the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 47th Annual Induction And Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 9, 2016 in New York City.
Sister Sledge performs onstage during the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 47th Annual Induction And Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 9, 2016 in New York City. Joni is pictured center.

Joni was still very actively performing with her sisters up until the time of her death. From the outside looking in, she seemed to be healthy whenever she would dance and sing in concert. But looks can be deceiving. But at this point, there has been no word on what her cause of death was, but we will keep you posted.

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge performs on stage at Tramlines Festival at Devonshire Green on July 26, 2014 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
Joni Sledge  (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)

Our sincerest condolences go out to Sister Sledge and their family at this tragic time. May Joni Sledge rest peacefully after a remarkable job done here on earth.

Join us in celebrating Joni with some classic Sister Sledge songs that she and her sisters lived for and enjoyed performing to this day…

“We Are Family”

“He’s The Greatest Dancer”

“Thinking Of You”

A Little Sister Sledge History

Sister Sledge is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era.

The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album We Are Family, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum. The album included the 1979 single “We Are Family” which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “Lost in Music”.

Their other US hits include a 1982 cover of “My Guy”, and other international hits include “Mama Never Told Me” (1975), “Thinking of You” (1984), before reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart with the song “Frankie” in 1985. Remixed versions of three of their singles in 1993 returned them to the UK Top 20.

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