Bonnie Pointer (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Bonnie Pointer (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters, died Monday at age 69.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” sister and group member Anita Pointer said in a statement. “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,” she added. “We never had a fight in our life. I already miss her, and I will see her again one day.”

Bonnie Pointer began singing with her sisters in their father’s church in Oakland, Calif., more than 50 years ago. As a quartet, the Pointer Sisters earned commercial success in the 1970s with hits such as “Yes We Can Can” and the Grammy-winning “Fairytale.”

In the late-’70s, they became a trio when Bonnie decided to embark on a solo career in Motown. Her biggest solo hit was 1978’s “Heaven Must Have Sent You.”

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