Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters group has died at the age of 74, Reuters reported.
The band had their biggest hits in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as “Fire”, “Say So”, “He’s So Shy”, “Slow Hand” and “I’m So Excited”. In 1975, the group won a Grammy Award with the song “Fairytale”.
Anita Poynter died of cancer Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by family, her representative Roger Neal announced.
She is the second of four sisters who began performing on the music scene as the duo June and Bonnie in 1969. Soon after, they became a trio as Anita joined them, quitting her job as a secretary, according to an official biography.
The Pointer Sisters later became a quartet with Ruth, the only one of the sisters still alive. Bonnie left the band in the late 1970s and they became a trio again. The Poynter sisters also have two brothers, Fritz and Aaron.
Anita’s daughter Jada died in 2003, and then the singer took care of raising her granddaughter Roxy McCain Poynter.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita but take comfort in knowing that she is now with her daughter Jada and sisters June and Bonnie in peace. She was the one who brought us together for so long. Her love for our family will lives in each of us,” the family said in a statement.
The sisters grew up singing in the choir at the church in Oakland, California, where their father was a preacher.
The debut album in 1973 also included their first hit single “Yes We Can Can”.
In recent years, the Pointer Sisters continued their stage presence, with Ruth singing alongside her daughter Isa and granddaughter Sadako.