She died on Monday, according to her sister and fellow singer Anita, Bonnie’s sister Anita says she was her best friend and the band would never have happened without her.
Bonnie Pointer was a founding member of The Pointer Sisters along with her siblings, June, Ruth and Anita. Their music included R&B, funk, rock and roll, gospel, country and soul.
The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.
The Grammy winner died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, publicist Roger Neal said.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie, died this morning,” Anita 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,” Anita added.
“The Pointer Sisters would never have happened had it not been for Bonnie.”
Patricia Eva “Bonnie” Pointer (July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020) was an American singer, most notable for being a member of the vocal group, The Pointer Sisters.
Pointer scored several moderate solo hits after leaving the Pointers in 1977, including a disco cover of The Elgins’ “Heaven Must Have Sent You” which became a U.S. top 20 pop hit on September 1, 1979.
Bonnie and youngest sister June began singing together as teenagers and in 1969 the duo co-founded The Pointers. After Anita joined the duo that same year, they changed their name to The Pointer Sisters and recorded several singles for Atlantic Records between 1971 and 1972.
Bonnie recorded five albums with the group and co-wrote ‘Fairytale’ with Anita, which earned The Pointer Sisters their first Grammy for Best Country Duo Or Group in 1975.