Bonnie Pointer has left the stage.
The innovative member of The Pointer Sisters died on Monday, June 8. The news was confirmed by her sister, Anita Pointer, in a statement to TMZ. The “Heaven Must Have Sent You” singer came to fame in the 70s as part of the group before Bonnie later embarked on a solo career.
“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,” Anita continued. “I already miss her and I will see her again one day.”
The likes of Boy George and Gloria Gaynor were among those paying tribute to the star on social media.
God bless her beautiful soul! R.I.P https://t.co/6eU9cJ8UTX
— Boy George (Boomer) (@BoyGeorge) June 9, 2020
My heart is broken to discover that the beautiful Bonnie Pointer of the beloved #PointerSisters has passed away💔 I loved her so much and I’m sending love to @AnitaPointer & Ruth Pointer and the family.
They surprised me at our gala last summer😢💔💔#RestInPeaceBonniePointer🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/EE5kkpiyoW
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) June 8, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. My prayers & heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends & fans. I pray peace for her family & that soon sweet memories of her will bring smiles to their faces before bringing tears to their eyes🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/WTvZIo7xEu
— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) June 8, 2020
RIP Bonnie Pointer! Your contribution to music was extraordinary. You and your sisters brought me much joy. Well done! Rest well.❤ https://t.co/hoiCAfY8e2
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 9, 2020
Very very sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie Pointer. As if this year needs another reason to suck. Rest in power Bonnie💔🎶🎵
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) June 8, 2020
The Pointer sisters won their first Grammy for their 1974 country crossover hit, “Fairytale”. They also earned a Grammy for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group, Country.
One of Bonnie’s sisters, June Pointer, died in 2006. She is survived by her other two sisters, Anita and Ruth Pointer and husband Jeffrey Bowen, who she had been married to since 1978.