Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies aged 69

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Singer Bonnie Pointer, a member of the Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 69.

She died on Monday, according to her sister and fellow singer Anita.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie, died this morning," Anita said.

"Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time."

Anita added: "Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day, we never had a fight in our life, I already miss her and I will see her again one day.

"The Pointer Sisters would never have happened had it not been for Bonnie."

The Pointer Sisters - at different times including Bonnie, Anita and their siblings June and Ruth - formed in Oakland, California, and first found success in the 1970s.

Their best-known songs include Jump (For My Love) and I'm So Excited.

The group won three Grammy awards and were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.

Bonnie left the group in 1977 and pursued a solo career.

Bonnie is survived by her brothers Aaron and Fritz, as well as sisters Ruth and Anita Pointer, a representative said.

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