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.
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.”
Rest in power, Melvin Edmonds.