Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

November 11, 2006

GERALD LEVERT, 40 Rhythm and blues singer

Gerald Levert, the fiery singer of passionate R&B love songs and the son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, died yesterday in Cleveland.

His label, Atlantic Records, confirmed that Levert died at a hospital in his hometown.

"All of us at Atlantic are shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer," the statement read.

Dan Bomeli, public relations manager at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in suburban Cleveland, said Mr. Levert had been brought to the hospital. Mr. Bomeli said Mr. Levert had died but he had no further details.

"It's very sad. He was an amazing talent, obviously," friend and fellow R&B singer Will Downing told the Associated Press. "Gerald was a hard worker. He would go out there and do his thing, and be in places where the folks were. He would touch the people, and that's really what it's all about."

Over his two-decade music career, Mr. Levert sold millions of albums and had numerous R&B hits.

Mr. Levert first gained fame in 1986 as a member of the R&B trio LeVert, which also included his brother, Sean, and childhood friend Marc Gordon. They quickly racked up hits such as "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind," "Casanova," and "Baby I'm Ready."

But Gerald Levert's voice - powerful and soulful, almost a carbon copy of his father's - was always the focal point, and in 1991, he made his solo debut with the album Private Line, which included a hit duet with his father, "Baby Hold on to Me." His father also recorded on the successful album Father & Son.

Though Mr. Levert was successful as a solo singer, in 1997 he joined with R&B singers Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat for a supergroup called LSG. The self-titled album sold more than 2 million copies.

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