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Is There a Levert Curse? Sean Dies While In Jail

3/31/2008 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

How much tragedy can one family take?? Another Levert has died -- and this one was in jail!

Sean Levert, son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert and brother of late R&B legend Gerald Levert, died over the weekend while in a Cleveland jail.

Levert had reportedly been in the Cuyahoga County Jail serving time for failing to pay roughly $80,000 in child support when he collapsed late last night. The warden of the jail tells TMZ that after Sean collapsed, he was immediately rushed to the hospital. He says Sean died at the hospital, not the jail as others have reported.

The warden says that they were unaware of any condition Sean may have been suffering from. The Coroner confirms they have received his body and are currently investigating the cause of death.

Sean, who as member of the 80s group Levert, hit it big with the song "Casanova." He was also featured in a few movies, including "New Jack City." His brother Gerald died in his sleep in November 2006.

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another dead beat dad

2397 days ago

lil j    

peace everyone. until the real story of the child support is revealed, even though it's not our beeswax, let's not judge that. we need to support the family at this time and send love, sympathy and support to family and friends as well. lil jan

2397 days ago

Reside in Maryland    

What the hell is wrong with people? Why would you post such a comment as 'better off dead"? Think about his family, The Levert family just buried another son less than a year ago. May God have mercy on your soul. My prayers go out to his family. ALL communities has fatherless children!!!! Not just black communities, you need to wake up!!!!

2397 days ago


Oh My God People even if he was a dead beat dad that doesnt deserve a death sentence people, and after all I am dealing with a dead beat dad my damn self and I would never wish death on my childs father everyone has to have a chance for redemption it is never too late and besides we are not looking at the big picture here death is not the problem for Sean it is the ones he has left behind that are dealing with this, think of his mom and his dad children are not suppose to go before their parents and also dead beat dad or not think of his child or children they are left with out a father and no one knows exactly what they are feeling or will experience as times passes by because of this, you can make up for a dead beat dad but once he is totally gone and never coming back no one can make up for that. PEACE! and God bless you all.

2397 days ago

Miss Me!!    

If the dude wasn't paying child support, what makes you think he was having anything to do with the child?

2397 days ago

OJay's Fan    

Betty Grable, no one deserves to die over money! You must have personal issues and have a deadbeat dad for your own children, why else would you say that! Perhaps the his kids mother was a gold digger since he comes from a famous family. Just because he dad has money doesn't mean he was wealthy.

BTW: From what I hear from people who knew him is that he was "always" with his children, so he had to be taking care of them but the women wanted more $$$ in their hand because his last name was "Levert".

Betty Grable and the rest of you who wish harm on another person (especially over mone) watch what you wish for, karma is a mofo!

2397 days ago


Yet Paris Hilton survivied lockdown, where is the justice in that....

2397 days ago


if he payed the support he would not have been there in the first place

2397 days ago


You people are so heartless. This family has lost two sons/fathers/brothers/friends etc. Where are your hearts? Heartless Asses. You should be ashame. Think about your family. What if it happens to your family? Put yourselves in their shoes. God have mercy on all of you.

2397 days ago

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be slut-whores    

No sympathy here. Men who won't do whatever it takes to support their kids are bums.

I'm sure God is explaining the concept of parental responsibility to the creep right now. Too bad the lesson is a bit late.

2397 days ago


Definitely their diets. You can't be that chubby and be in good health.

2397 days ago

Lillie, Milwaukee    

Dear PaPa Eddie, just remember that God does not make ANY mistake. Keep you faith and continue to TRUST God for the strength to endure another loss.

2397 days ago


Make sure you know all the facts before making hateful comments. If you don't have $80,000 then you can't pay $80,000.
My condolences to the Levert family.

2397 days ago


i am very sorry over this tragedy! everyone thats saying all of these rude comments about " he's better off dead", now that is sad!! rather u have children or not, no matter what they are doing or have done no parent , sister, or brother want to go through this . i look at it , that the Lord was ready for them to come home. that money could have been paid, but his family and his children will miss him more than that damn money!!! what have money done too us as a people, for us to say things of that sort?? mr and mrs levert, i pray for your hearts and minds to have peace and strength, and i ask THE LORD to give u comfort

2397 days ago


for the levert family i send u blessings. you all have been thru alot over the years.
for the man or woman that wrote the comment in betty grable i think that is very rude and disrespectful to the family whose lost 2 loved one's nobody deserve to die especially when you say something so belittle about child support when you aren't aware of what happen to him..yeah child support is a major issue out here but losing a loved one you can't get that back..


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