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Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal

In Custody

After Wife Found Dead

7/3/2014 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ has learned ... '90s singer Russell Neal from Hi-Five is in police custody ... after he told cops his wife was dead inside their apartment ... and he needed a lawyer.

Neal went to the local jail and apparently told Houston cops he and his wife had gotten into an argument Wednesday ... the singer reportedly asked for a lawyer and then clammed up.

Hi-Five's song "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" went to number one in 1991 ... and a year later they scored another hit with, "She's Playing Hard to Get."

The group's lead singer Tony Thompson famously died in 2007 after inhaling Freon.

Neal is currently being detained ... no charges have been filed.

The lawyer for Hi-Five, Chris Brown, tells TMZ, "We are aware of the situation and are presently evaluating it."

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61.

BriaCelise    

Dear racist white people: Elliot rodger Scott Peterson James eagen Holmes... Shall I go on or you guys gonna stop acting like white men don't kill? The amount of people just 2 of these white men killed is more than 4 black drive bys...

91 days ago
62.

ryan    

I have this one thing to say! Women stop continuing relationships with men who show signs of abusive mentality. There are many men out here that will not hit you!Men stop being with verbally abusive women. STOP IT! Things can only get worse.

91 days ago
63.

Fancy    

Dang Russ that's messed up.

91 days ago
64.

FREEDOM    

TO THE WOMAN WHO WAS MURDERED. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL. RIP!!!

91 days ago
65.

Old Man On The Porch    

What's Hi Five? Never heard of 'em.

91 days ago
66.

Ferndog68    

So many men come out on news killing the woman they love. Where does the love go?? And one should stop being selfish worrying about their punishment when they take a life, admit your crime and pay the price .

91 days ago
67.

Hyper valency    

Im surprise the title doesn't say " hi five singer hires Chris brown to represent him!"

91 days ago
68.

Thaddeus Borrata    

She probably said some dumb ****

90 days ago
69.

TonyTone    

I use to love this group growing up they had some hits! The lead singer committed suicide a couple of years ago. So sad what happens to these groups after they're gone and forgotten. I would love to see their story on Unsung.

90 days ago
70.

FREEDOM    

ALL THE A.S.S HOLES THAT MAKE FUN OF A MURDERED WOMAN NEED NEED TO SHUT THE F.U.C.K. UP....

90 days ago
71.

FREEDOM    

LET THE WOMAN REST IN PEACE !!!!

90 days ago
72.

FREEDOM    

PRETTY SICK TO MAKE.FUN OF THE DEAD...

90 days ago
73.

FREEDOM    

YOUR ROTTEN TO THE CORE TO BULLY A DEAD WOMAN...

90 days ago
74.

myopinion    

I like that song...I never knew the lead singer was dead R.I.P. The guy that was arrested for killing his wife will get life in a Texas jail. R.I.P. to the wife

90 days ago
75.

RedBne    

It's pretty sad when you choose poor wording as in "famously died from inhaling freon" who the hell famously dies period??? smdh

90 days ago
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