Anita Pointer dead at 74 – Hollywood Life

Anita Pointer dead at 74 – Hollywood Life

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Anita Pointer dead at 74 – Hollywood Life

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Singer Anita Pointer of the legendary The Pointer Sisters is undecided at the age of 74, according to a rep for the legendary singer. TMZ reported early on Sunday, Jan. 1 that Anita, the band’s third original member to die, died on Saturday, December 31, after a “somewhat long and heroic battle with cancer.” She reportedly died surrounded by her family at her Beverly Hills home.

Anita PointerAnita Pointer passed away on December 31, 2022. (Mediapunch/Shutterstock)

The Daily Beast reported that the family is “deeply saddened” by her death. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted to know that she is now with her daughter Jada and sisters June & Bonnie and at peace,” they wrote in a statement to Reuters. “She was the one who kept us all close and together for so long. Her love for our family will live on in each of us.”

It was Anita who broke the news to HollywoodLife in 2020 that her sister Bonnie Pointer had died on June 8, 2020 at the age of 69. “It is with great sadness that I have to announce to The Pointer Sisters fans that my sister , Bonnie passed away this morning,” she said in a statement at the time. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and myself and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”

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She also shared how close they were. “Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day, we’ve never had a fight in our lives, I miss her already and I’ll see her again one day,” she added. June Pointer, the group’s third original member, died on February 27, 2006 after a battle with cancer at the age of 52.

Anita was one of the four founding members of the band that rose to fame in the ’80s with electrifying, energetic hits like “I’m So Excited,” “Jump (For My Love)” and “Neutron Dance.” Ruth Pointer was the fourth founding member who made the group a sensation. Other group members are Issa Pointer and Sadako Pointer.

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Anita was born on January 23, 1948 in Oakland, California, the fourth of six musically talented children of the Reverend Elton Pointer and Sarah Elizabeth of Arkansas. In 1969, she quit her job as a secretary to form The Pointer Sisters with Bonnie and June, and the rest was history. Anita charted her first hit, “Yes We Can Can,” at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.

She was the mother of a daughter, Jada Rashawn Pointer, who also died of cancer in 2003.

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