Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner of the Ohio Players dies
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69.
A spokeswoman for a funeral home in suburban Dayton, Ohio, confirms he died Saturday. There is also a posting about his death on his current band's Facebook page on Sunday.
"Yesterday, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy," the posting read in part.
The Ohio Players topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as Love Rollercoaster, Fire, Skin Tight and Funky Worm. They were known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits.
Bonner helped form the Ohio Players in the 1960s. He had remained active in recent years with a spinoff called Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.