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'Love Rollercoaster' Singer

Dead at 69

1/28/2013 9:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Funk legend and Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner -- the voice behind "Love Rollercoaster" -- has died.

According to friends and bandmates, Bonner passed away over the weekend in Trotwood, Ohio following a battle with cancer. He was 69.

His family posted a message on Facebook, writing, "While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy."

Bonner's career spanned 56 years. He joined the Ohio Players as lead singer in 1971 and together they released numerous hits, including "Love Rollercoaster" and "Fire."

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Glenda in Texas    

I fondly remember this group. Best of times. Rest in peace, sir.

602 days ago
32.

Bob    

Why doesn't anybody make good music like this anymore?

602 days ago
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Malcolm    

A Tribute-------to great black music artist.

Young kids need to see these videos to see how it should be done.

http://www.afieldnegro.com/funk.html

601 days ago
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Malcolm    

A Tribute-------to great black music artist.

Young kids need to see these videos to see how it should be done.

http://www.afieldnegro.com/funk.html

601 days ago
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inezbar75    

met foots a number of years ago as a neibor and we would taik about music for hours . and talk about alllot of the players old shows. what struck me he would tell me somthing about each one.has a hell of a memory for instance.they did a benifit one night about a week or two before skintight cameout.the theater was cold the dead of winter.the band came out in their fur maxi coats.and proceded to burn the house down they and the audeance about ten people got hot everybody took their coatsoff andpartyed to the best show i ever seen he rememberd.fast forward ten or so years i seen him in aclube i said i bet you don"t remember me he said my name and said you sho have gotten fat. i said yeah i love you to .rip sugerfoot i"m gone miss you.

599 days ago
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clara benjamin    

Truly sorry to hear of "Sugarfoot's" passing.Love Rollercoaster was one of my favorite tunes from the 70's.

571 days ago
37.

David Webb     

Did you hear the news they going to build the funk Hall of Fame and Museum in Dayton Ohio ,the phone number is 937-529-7780, The big announcement by the Mayor of the city of Dayton on May 3,2013 at 9 o'clock am. And they doing the the after party to be announced in Dayton,Ohio I'm gone Wow !!!

526 days ago
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