Ohio Players Front Man Dies At 69

DAYTON, Ohio (January 28, 2013)--Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, who was the front man for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio at the age of 69.

A spokeswoman for a Dayton-area funeral home confirmed that he died Saturday and said the family has not scheduled any public services yet.

There was also a posting about his death on his current band's Facebook page.

The Ohio Players, who topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," ''Fire," ''Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm," were known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Bonner helped form the Ohio Players in the 1960s.

He remained active in recent years with a spinoff called Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.


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