Music Legend Rudolph Isley Dies At 84

Music Legend Rudolph Isley Dies At 84

Some artists occupy an important place in our lives, they feel like loved ones. From festivals to birthdays, their music is the soundtrack to every important event. Many of us feel the same way about the Isley brothers . We lost a member of that family on Thursday when one of the group's founders, Rudolph Isley, passed away at the age of 84. According to Pitchfork , Rudolph's lawyer confirmed the news and released a statement from the artist's daughter.

"Rudolph Isley, founding member of the world-famous Isley Brothers, died peacefully in his sleep on October 11, 2023. He died at home with his devoted wife, Elaine, by his side. They were married for 68 years. Rudolph was a deeply religious man, a man who loved Jesus.

With classics like "Shout!", "Twirl and Shout", "It's Your Thing", "Fight the Power" and "Who's That Girl", the Islands revolutionized pop, R&B and funk. The way they combined genres was revolutionary and inspired a whole generation of musicians. They also helped lay the groundwork for hip-hop , as many of their songs proved popular with new music fans . Simply put, Rudolph Easley and his brothers had an immeasurable impact on black culture and music.

"There are no words to express my feelings and love for my brother. Our family will miss him. But I know he is in a better place," Ronald Easley said in a statement to CNN .

"Heaven has gained another angel. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce his passing...As we experience this deep sorrow, we respectfully ask for your understanding and respect for our family's privacy during this difficult time," Isley Brothers said in a statement . "Don't forget to keep your loved ones close. We miss our brother, but we know he is in a better place. He will be in our hearts forever."

Rudolph left the group in 1989 to become a minister. She and Ronald were recently embroiled in a legal battle over The Isley Brothers brand, but that doesn't mean they still don't love each other. It's a reminder to take care of your loved ones every day, because there's no more time to waste.

Ruth extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Rudolph Easley.

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