Ohio Players star Leroy 'sugarfoot' Bonner has died, aged 69.
The funk icon reportedly lost his battle with cancer on Saturday (26Jan13) - days before his 70th birthday.
Sugarfoot enjoyed 1970s success with Ohio Players hits like Fire and Love Rollercoaster.
The singer regularly performed live with Sugarfoot's Ohio Players right up until his death.
A post on his Facebook.com page reads: "While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy."
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