Anita Pointer, founding member of Pointer Sisters, passes away at 74 years old

Finding out about the passing of a cherished entertainer is never simple. Many of her and her music’s fans were shocked to learn about Anita Pointer’s passing.

One of the original Pointer Sisters, a renowned girl trio, was Anita Pointer. Anita, Bonnie, and June Pointer made comprised the ensemble.

First to pass away was June Pointer in 2006, then Bonnie Pointer in 2020. Anita was the final remaining original member of the renowned group, which was well-known for fusing many musical genres throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

According to a statement made by her spokesperson Roger Neal, Anita died away on December 31 at the age of 74 while being accompanied by her close family and friends. The statement claims that she lost her fight with cancer after a “rather protracted and valiant struggle.”

The current Pointer Sisters trio, Ruth, Issa, and Sadako, are continuing the legacy started by Anita, Bonnie, and June. In a statement released by her living relatives, it says, “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada, and her sisters June and Bonnie, and at peace.”

The statement continued, “She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long, her love of our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving, beautiful place with Anita there.”

Anita Pointer was born on January 23, 1948 and was the fourth of six children. She was raised in California but went to her parent’s native state of Arkansas every year. In high school she played sax in the school band.

When her sisters Bonnie and June started a band, she joined and made it into a trio. The trio became quickly famous for their varied selection of songs. Some of their biggest hits include, “Fire,” then “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” and “I’m So Excited.”

The Pointer Sisters have 3 Grammy Awards to their name and in 1994, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Anita also had the honor of being inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

Anita stepped back from the Pointer Sisters in 2015 because of her ongoing health battles. Her daughter passed away in 2003 at the age of just 37. 

It is incredibly sad to hear about this passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anita Pointer’s family and friends.

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