Singer Bobby Caldwell’s Death Comes after Longtime Illness
Singer and songwriter Bobby Caldwell’s cause of death was revealed by his family. He died in his sleep on Tuesday night (March 14, 2023) while at his residence in New Jersey.
“Bobby passed away here at home. I held him tight in my arms as he left us. I am forever heartbroken. Thanks to all of you for your many prayers over the years,” his wife, Mary Caldwell, wrote.
She said Bobby had been struggling with health issues for the past 6 years after being “floxed,” a condition that arises after an adverse effect from consuming a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, according to the treatment center Regenerative Medicine LA.
Mary continued: “Thanks to all of you for your many prayers over the years. He had been ‘FLOXED,’ it took his health over the last 6 years and 2 months. Rest with God, my Love.”
Sources claimed that the musician had “not been able to walk for about five years as he coped with painful bouts of neuropathy and a ruptured tendon in his ankle.”
The New York native, whose full name was Robert Hunter Caldwell, started his career in the 1960s as a teen. Caldwell was best known for his soulful and versatile vocals as he lit up the hit song What You Won’t Do for Love.
Bobby released several albums spanning R&B, jazz, soul, and adult contemporary. In addition to heavy touring, he starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production The Rat Pack Is Back in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages.
“In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries,” it says on his website.
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Longtime Illness is Bobby Caldwell’s Cause of Death
Longtime illness was reported as Bobby Caldwell’s cause of death at the age of 71, his rep shared on Wednesday morning. May he rest in peace.
Bobby has been featured on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, The CBS Second Cup Café, BET Jazz Central, and has made numerous national and local network appearances.
As a singer, Bobby has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned honors far and wide.
In a 2005 interview with NPR, Caldwell said the cover was the label’s choice so that his race was not identified in the R&B market.
“I was on a label that was located in Miami, Florida. It was TK Records. And their base to launch their product was basically an R&B format,” the “blue-eyed soul” singer said.
“So they really didn’t want it to be well-known that I was white. Today, as we speak, there are still a few holdovers that don’t know that,” Caldwell added.
Bobby told the national public radio station that the label’s struggles to hide his identity faded when he went on tour with Nat King Cole‘s daughter, Cole.
In 2015, he released his latest album, “Cool Uncle,” in collaboration with Jack Splash. Beyond making his own music, he wrote songs for other musicians, including Peter Cetera and Amy Grant’s Grammy-nominated 1986 duet “The Next Time I Fall.”
“Caldwell never stopped writing, playing, and touring to large crowds, thanks to that now-classic hit, but also not solely because of that hit. Importantly, he remained devoted to soulful music with a discography of excellent albums,” DJ Soul Sister wrote.
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