'Sugarfoot' Bonner dies - Ohio Players frontman was 69

leroy-sugarfoot-bonner-dead-ohio-players-gi.jpgFunk music royalty Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner has passed away at the age of 69. The frontman for the Ohio Players, best known for 1970s No. 1 hits "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster."

Ohio Players bassist Marshall Jones tells the Associated Press, "It's kind of crazy ... I'm still feeling fragile." Jones calls the group ""a bunch of the most creative people --- especially Sugarfoot --- that I have ever been around."

In recent years, Bonner performed with a spinoff band, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players. Despite the suggestive nature of the original incarnation's lyrics, Bonner criticize modern-day rappers and pop musicians. "There is nothing but the old school and the new fools," Bonner said. "It's a shame the way these artists are preaching badness to a drum beat."

A spokesperson for the Newcomer Funeral Home in Dayton, Ohio says no public memorial service has been planned by Bonner's family.
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