Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem We Are Family, has died aged 60.
Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, said the band’s publicist, Biff Warren. A cause of death has not been determined. He said she had not been ill.
“On yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We welcome your prayers as we weep the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin,” read a family statement.
Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but