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Celebrity deaths of 2021 | Obituaries for stars we lost this year including Bert Newton, James Michael Tyler and more

Ronnie Wilson (right), one of the founding members of The Gap Band, has died aged 73.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, in a Facebook post published on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

“The love of my life was called home this morning at 10:01 am. Please continue to pray for the Wilson, Boulware and Collins family as we mourn her passing,” she wrote.

“Ronnie Wilson was a genius at creating, producing and playing the bugle, trumpet, keyboards and sung music from childhood through the early 1970s. He will be truly missed !!!”

Ronnie co-created the group in the late 1960s with his brothers Robert (left) and Charlie (center). The trio are pictured here in August 2005.

The R & B / Funk group rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, opening for groups such as The Rolling Stones.

Read the full obituary here.

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