The Gap Band's Ronnie Wilson Dead After Suffering Stroke

The one-third of the funk band died peacefully at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Linda Boulware-Wilson holding his hands on Tuesday morning, November 2.

AceShowbiz - The Gap Band is losing another of its members. Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of the R&B and funk band, has passed away after suffering a stroke last week, his wife Linda Boulware-Wilson confirms. He was 73 years old.

On Facebook, Linda revealed that the R&B legend died on Tuesday morning, November 2. "The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am," she wrote in a post. "Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing."

She went on remembering her late husband, "Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!"

To TMZ, Linda said that Ronnie passed away peacefully at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her holding his hands as he took his last breath. She said that Ronnie was put into a semi-coma since he had a stroke last week and he never recovered. He had reportedly suffered several strokes throughout the years.

Ronnie's death has been mourned by his friends and fans, including Bobby Eaton, CEO at Eaton Media Services and a radio host, who wrote on Facebook, "RIP my friend Ronnie Wilson of the Gap Band." Others left comments which read, "Praying for you and the families," "Sending my love and prayers" and "Deepest condolences to the Wilson, Boulware, and Collins families. Ronnie will now be playing in God's choir! RIP," on Linda's Facebook post.

Ronnie and his brothers, Charlie Wilson and Robert Wilson, formed The Gap Band back in the 1970s in Tulsa, OK. They rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s with their songs such as "I'm in Love" and "Shake".

After 43 years together, they retired in 2010. On August 15 of the same year, Robert died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, California at the age of 53. Charlie, 68, is now the last surviving brother.

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