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Prayers up the family of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. His brother Melvin Edmonds, who was in the group After 7, passed away. He was 65 years old.

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Indy Star reports his death was confirmed by his son Melvin Edmonds, Jr. WDAS-FM is reporting that he had a stroke, but it is not clear when.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. It’s often described as a brain attack. Brain cells die when they are starved of oxygen.

Approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, making it the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. For African-Americans, however, the risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high compared to whites. Blacks also suffer the highest rate of death due to stroke. A stroke also occurs earlier in life for African-Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups, according to the National Stroke Association.

Melvin was the co-founder of After 7, which included the hits After 7 “Can’t Stop,” “Ready or Not” and “Heat of the Moment.” See a live performance below:

People have been giving their condolences on Twitter.

Journalist Ed Gordon wrote, “Sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin Edmonds. @After7Music is one of my favorite groups. His extraordinary voice will be missed. My best to his family.”

Actresses Vivica Fox wrote, “OMG!! Just hearing about the sad news of #MelvinEdmonds passing away!! Prayers up to the entire Edmonds family!! #GONETOSOON #RESTINPARADISE.”

Rest in power, Melvin Edmonds.


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