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Story Behind Gap Band Founder Ronnie Wilson’s Cause of Death


A founding member of The Gap Band and “Uncle” Charlie Wilson’s older brother, has passed away at 73. To read all the details surrounding Ronnie Wilson’s cause of death, stay up with us.

Ronnie’s wife Linda Boulware-Wilson said that the singer died on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Linda also said that the singer died peacefully, and she was holding his hand as he took his last breath. She remembered Wilson in a Facebook post as “a genius with creating, producing and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and singing music.”

Story Behind Gap Band Founder Ronnie Wilson's Cause of Death
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Linda revealed that he suffered a stroke last week, and it put him into a semi-coma, and he never recovered. Reports say he suffered several strokes throughout the years.

Ronnie, alongside his brothers Robert and Charlie Wilson, formed The Gap Band back in the 1970s in the brothers’ hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010.

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What’s Ronnie Wilson’s Cause of Death at 73?

According to reports, Ronnie Wilson’s cause of death relates to his last stroke. The great artist had a stroke last week and unfortunately never recovered after being put in a semi-coma.

In the mid-1970s, the Gap band recorded several small albums. After signing with Mercury Records in 1979, the group first tasted the taste of national success.

In collaboration with producer Lonnie Simmons, the band reached the top of the soul chart with Clinton-style humor lasting in the industry until the late 1980s.

Story Behind Gap Band Founder Ronnie Wilson's Cause of Death
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The Gap Band’s biggest album, “IV,” was one of 1982’s most notable soul albums. The Gap’s other albums are: “Early In the Morning,” “Outstanding,” and the group’s signature hit, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me.”

It is a difficult time for Wilson’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the tragic death of the legendary star, and we ask you all to keep Ronnie, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.

Reactions to Ronnie Wilson’s Death

Shortly after the heartbreaking news of Ronnie Wilson’s death was revealed, many friends and fans stated their condolences and paid poignant tributes to him.

One fan tweeted: “One of the great ones has died. Tonight we say a sad goodbye to Ronnie Wilson of The Gap Band.”

Another fan shared a link to the band’s hit song and wrote: “Prayers to the Ronnie Wilson family. Ronnie died today at the age of 73 and was one of the founding members of the Gap Band. #RIPRonnie.”

Story Behind Gap Band Founder Ronnie Wilson's Cause of Death
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“RIP Ronnie Wilson. Two-thirds of the Gap Band have left us (Robert passed in 2010). I know Charlie has gotten a lot of recent love, but just remember that the Gap Band had some heaters,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Sad to inform you that Ronnie Wilson, founder of the GAP band, passed away today. He was a complete joy to know!!! Please keep his family and friends in prayer. “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal,” one fan tweeted.

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