Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies at 74 | CNN



Her publicist, Roger Neal, said Anita Pointer, one of the founding members of R&B band The Pointer Sisters, had died aged 74.

Pointer died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. where she was among her family Neil said in a statement to CNN. The cause of death was cancer, he said.

Pointer’s family said in a statement: “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, it is comforting to know that she is now with daughters Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace. Much love to Anita there.”

“She is the one who has kept us all close and together for a long time. Her love for our family will live on in each of us,” the statement said, urging family privacy to be respected. “In this moment of sorrow and loss.”

The four Sister Pointers began singing together more than 50 years ago in their hometown church in Oakland, California, where their father ministered. Bonnie Pointer and her youngest sister, June, made her professional singing debut as a duo in 1969. They later recruited older sisters Anita and Ruth to join before the album was released. First together in 1973

The group won their first Grammy Award for their 1974 hit “Fairytale.” They are also known for hits like “Slow Hand,” “Neutron Dance” and “Jump.”

The band won three Grammy Awards and had 13 US Top 10 hits between 1973 and 1985.

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