AceShowbiz - Jesse Powell has died. The R&B singer, best known for his hit "You", "passed away peacefully" some time ago in his Los Angeles home, his family has confirmed through a statement posted on social media.
Breaking the sad news, Jesse's sister Tamara Powell shared on Instagram on late Tuesday, September 13 along with a picture of her late brother, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home."
"The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn the tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy," the statement went on to read. "Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him."
Tamara, who along with her sister Trina Powell formed a contemporary R&B group called Trina & Tamara, added in the caption, "RIP Brother." The exact date of his death and the cause of death are currently unknown. He was 51.
Meanwhile, people have sent their condolences in the comment section of Tamara's post. "MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES!!! You know Jesse was like a brother to me!!! I love you and your whole family so much! I'm here for you and with you!!!" one family friend wrote.
Another follower reacted, "I'm soooo sorry Queen." A third user commented, "sending mad love," as another said, "Prayers up." One other fan mourned his death as saying, "No words. Only tears. I loved him so much."
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Jesse was discovered by Louis Silas Jr., the founder of an MCA Records imprint, Silas Records. Jesse released his self-titled debut album in March 1996, featuring singles like "All I Need", "Gloria" and "I Like It".
However, it was "You" which became the biggest hit of the set. In 1998, he followed up his first record with his sophomore album " 'Bout It" which again included "You". The set also boasted the lead single "I Wasn't with It", which became Jesse's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. "You" was released as the second single of the album and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking his first Top 10 hit.
Jesse released his last album "Jesse" in 2003 before his retirement from the music industry. In his later years, he collaborated with other artists on their music and in television production.