February 4, 2023

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Anita Pointer dead: Singer with the Pointer Sisters, 74

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Anita Pointer, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the hit sibling singing group the Pointer Sisters, died Saturday at age 74. No cause of death was given but his publicist said he died surrounded by family.

“While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted to know that she is now at peace with her daughter, Jada, and her sisters June and Bonnie,” a statement jointly attributed to her four closest survivors — a sister, Ruth, brother Aaron and Fritz and his granddaughter Roxy McCain Pointer. “She’s the one who kept us all close and together for so long. His love for our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this time of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving beautiful place with Anita there.”

In 1973 The Pointer Sisters had a hit album right out of the gate as their debut album reached number 11 in the charts. They reached their greatest chart peak with a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire” that reached No. 2 on the pop chart in 1978, “He’s So Shy,” which peaked at No. 3 in 1980, “Slow Hand,” another No. 2 hit in 1981, “I’m So Excited” and “Neutron Dance,” a No. 3 hit in 1984-85, and “Automatic,” one of their first hits in the MTV era.

The group had legitimate stage and screen success, touring with “Ain’t Misbehavin'” based on Fat Waller’s catalog of songs, and appearing in the hit 1976 comedy film “Car Wash.”

Pointer and his brother Fritz collaborated on a family memoir titled “Fairytale” in 2020.

Two other sisters who preceded Anita in death for most of the group’s existence – June Pointer in 2006 and Bonnie Pointer in 2020.

Ruth Pointer is the group’s longest-standing member, having joined in 1972, three years after June, Bonnie and Anita began performing together. Ruth now tours under the Pointer Sisters banner with two younger members, Issa Pointer, who first joined in 2002, and Sadako Pointer, who joined in 2009.

Pointer’s only daughter, Jada Pointer, who inspired the 1973 Pointer Sisters song “Jada”, died of cancer in 2003, after which Anita devoted herself to raising her only grandchild, Roxy.

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