On June 6, the bassist and youngest member of the band passed away at the age of 56 after suffering from diabetes which he had battled for more than 20 years.
Bassist and youngest member of The Isley Brothers, Marvin Isley, died on Sunday morning, June 6 at the age of 56. The New York Times reported that Marvin's death was caused by diabetes, the disease he has fought for more than 20 years.
Marvin passed away at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, according to representatives at both facilities. The late musician stopped performing five years after The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Marvin's retirement decision was made because of complications from diabetes. By that time, he'd suffered a stroke and had a kidney transplant. Diabetes also led him to have his both legs amputated in 1997 and he, additionally, lost the use of his left hand.
Marvin Isley, who was born on August 18, 1953, joined The Isley Brothers in 1973, when the group who were initially formed with three eldest brothers of Isley expanded to six performers. They have spanned more than five decades, producing popular hits such as "Shout", "Fight the Power" and "It's Your Thing."