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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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1.

Derrick    

Say What!!!! RIP Sugarfoot.

598 days ago
2.

HRH Prince Michael    

The Ohio Players brought Funk Music to mainstream America.

"I Want to Be Free"
May The True and Living Yahweh, rest the soul
of Mr. Leroy Bonner.

598 days ago
3.

Jay W.     

Thanks for the groove! RIP Leroy.

598 days ago
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jimi    

one of the pioneers of funk, R.I.P.

598 days ago
5.

Mary P    

Love this song and love they let RHCP remake it too, showing they weren't all stingy over it. Awesome funk.

598 days ago
6.

myopinion    

I love Sugarfoot he was the voice of the Ohio Players! Fire is one of my favorites. RIP Leroy Sugarfoot

598 days ago
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CLINT    

Always a fun band. Love Fire. RIP soul man.

598 days ago
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Anonymous    

I enjoyed that flashback, but I also really enjoyed seeing Wolfman Jack again. RIP!

598 days ago
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CLINT    

Ha!! Wolfman Jack intro is cool. I love the Wolfman. He was the hippest dude out back in his day.

598 days ago
10.

lovettebrit    

"I Want to be Free" was the Anthem for me a close friend who had some personal problems and to this day we sing that song on the phone because she is truly free. Thank you Sugarfoot and the Ohio Players for the Lyrics and Music you contributed that is still strong today as the songs were released a minute ago.

598 days ago
11.

verlinda    

R.I.P.

598 days ago
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Frankenpussy    

I am the Great Cornholio!

598 days ago
13.

cquick    

RIP

598 days ago
14.

DaveT    

RIP and cool song and awesome video, loved the 70's funk bands, all the colors and glitter and shiny stuff when they performed that groovy funky make-ya-move music made it all so alive and real, we need that back

598 days ago
15.

KS1111    

Thank you, Sugarfoot, for the best music of my childhood! God Speed!

598 days ago
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