Music fans were hit with tragic news this week after it was revealed that R&B singer Jesse Powell died at the age of 51.
According to People magazine, the singer’s death was announced on social media by his sisters Trina Powell and Tamara Powell, both of whom are also recording artists.
Powell’s sisters remember him as a “beloved son, brother and uncle”
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle Jesse Powell,” Tamara was quoted as saying in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
“He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home,” she continued. “The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy.”
Tamara went to describe her brother as being someone who “loved music” and “especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career.”
Trina shared an identical post to her Facebook account, and it concluded by stating, “We want you all to know that you meant the world to him.”
People noted that Tamara had earlier shared a video of her brother on Instagram with a caption that read, “That voice! Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much.”
“I’m thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you ‘Jet’ & our family will not be the same without you,” Tamara added.
Fans saddened by Powell’s death
Many fans reacted to news of the singer’s passing by taking to Twitter and sharing fond memories of his music.
Jesse Powell is another one of those artist that I don’t know ever received his flowers while he was here. He had such an unforgettable recognizable voice and created some of the most beautiful music that will forever be played in my house. pic.twitter.com/a1qGKPyvsu
— 𝕾𝖕𝖆𝖈𝖊𝖔𝖉𝖉𝖎𝖙𝖞𝖐𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖞 ° (@Spaceodditykel) September 14, 2022
People cited a biography of Jesse Powell published by the website AllMusic which states that he grew up in Gary, Indiana where he would sing in local talent shows alongside his sisters.
He was discovered in 1993 by record executive Louis Silas, Jr. and put out four albums between 1996 and 2003. His second release, titled “‘Bout It,” was certified as Gold in 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.