Anita Pointer, one of the Grammy award-winning Pointer Sisters, passed away at 74 on New Year’s Eve. Anita took her last breath at her home in Beverly Hills, California. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her sister Ruth, her brothers Aaron and Fritz and her only granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer. Her family confirmed her death in a statement which reads:
“While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada, and her sisters June and Bonnie, and at peace,”
“She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long. Her love of our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving, beautiful place with Anita there.”
Reason for the Demise
Though no specific reason is given in the statement regarding the cause of her death, according to Pointer’s representative report made to TMZ, her death was due to a long struggle with cancer. However, no official confirmation has been created yet. We will update you with more information regarding the cause of her death as early as possible.
A Brief Bio of the member of the Iconic Pointer Sisters Group, Anita Pointer
The Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters Group founder was born on Jan 23, 1948, in Oakland, Calif. The singer was one of the four sibling sisters and two brothers born to parents Sarah Elizabeth and Reverend Elton Pointer. The group was initially created by Anita’s younger sisters Bonnie and June; later, in 1969, she joined the group. Following their younger sister Ruth joining the group, the sisters got famed in 1973 with their self-titled debut album, which ranked at no. 13 on the Billboard 200 and no. Three on the R&B albums chart.
The siblings got widespread recognition by becoming the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 1974. The country single “Fairytale” received Grammy Award for best country performance by a duo in 1975 and was penned by Anita and Bonnie. With the award, the Pointer Sisters became the only Black woman to win a Grammy in the country music category.
Anita’s “Too Many Times” with country singer Earl Thomas Conley ranked at no.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. In 1998 the Pointer siblings were inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Anita, due to some unknown health problems, took retirement in 2015.
She later released a book, Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story, with her brother Fritz Pointer. The book narrates the origin of the Pointers family and the challenges and successes the siblings faced throughout their journey in music.