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Singer Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner Dead At 69

Mon, January 28, 2013 2:56pm EDT by Eric Ray 2 Comments
Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner Dead

Family, friends and fans around the world remember Leroy as the voice behind the famous “Love Rollercoaster” song. At 69, Leroy has died after losing his battle with cancer. So sad.

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, co-founder and the front-man of the popular funk band Ohio Players, passed away on Jan. 26 at the age of 69 after losing his battle with cancer.

An official family announcement was posted on Facebook on Jan. 27. It reads:

Sugarfoot’s Family Releases A Somber Yet Uplifting Statement On His Death

“Yesterday, Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.”

“Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends,” the statement continued.  “He will not be forgotten as his legacy and music lives on.”

Leroy and his crew put their home state on the map in the ’70s as they rose to fame with such hits as “Love Rollercoaster,” “Fire,” and “Funky Worm.”

Sugarfoot And The Ohio Players Influenced Many Music Icons Of Today

Over the years, the breakout group has had an extreme amount of influence on the popular West Coast G-funk sound. The group N.W.A., with notable members including Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, sampled the band’s “Funky Worm” on their 1988 album Straight Outta Compton.

At this time, funeral arrangements for Leroy have not yet been announced.

Our condolences go out to all of Leroy’s family, friends and many fans across the globe. He will be missed.

Sound off, HollywoodLifers. Will you break out your collection of Ohio Players music and re-live those magical moments?

WATCH: Ohio Players Performing ‘Love Rollercoaster’

— Eric Ray

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