The Pointer Sisters’ Bonnie Pointer has passed away at the age of 69. Her sister Anita confirmed the news to TMZ telling the site, “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 added, “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time,” noting, “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.”
Bonnie was one of the original members of the GRAMMY-winning Motown group. It actually started off as a duo, with just Bonnie and sister June, until sister Anita joined in 1969 and then Ruth was added in 1972. Bonnie co-wrote the group’s crossover country hit, 1974’s “Fairytale,” which earned them their first GRAMMY – and the distinction of being the first African American group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
- Bonnie left the group in 1977 to start a solo career. She released three solo albums and had a hit with “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” which reached number 11 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.