TMZ has reported that 90’s R&B singer Roderick “Pooh” Clark passed away this week. He was 49 years old.
Former bandmate says Clark had long-term health problems
Clark performed with the group Hi-Five, and fellow Hi-Five member Marcus Sanders told TMZ that he died on Sunday in a Waco, TX hospital due to complications from an infection and pneumonia.
Sanders explained that his former bandmate was involved in a car accident three decades ago and sustained a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Clark subsequently contracted an infection that lingered “for some time” and came down with pneumonia during the past two weeks.
Meanwhile, Martinez Little served as Hi-Five’s musical director, and he recalled speaking with Clark just before the musician’s passing.
Manager and musical director share fond memories
“We had some amazing phone conversations in the past and some great visits when I came thru Waco!” Little was quoted as saying. He added, “I’ll cherish them forever.”
According to the New York Post, Little went on to praise Clark in a social media post, declaring that he “was the most athletic of them all.”
“In basketball he could stand right under the basket and jump straight up and dunk the ball. Our play fights and Super Soaker battles were epic,” the former musical director stated.
“We also used to battle each other hard on the Bball court in most cities. I still miss the fun times touring with my little brothers as Musical Director. My condolences to Hi5 and his family. R.I.P. Pooh.”
The paper reported that Hi-Five’s manager Jonathan Kinloch spoke up as well, saying, “We were blessed and had a great time as a family. A huge part of what made it fun, was because of Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark.”
“He was the serious member, who made sure that the guys together worked hard. But also, we’re going to have a fun time as teenagers!” Kinloch continued.
TMZ noted that Clark and Sanders helped for Hi-Five in 1989, alongside Tony Thompson, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. The R&B quintet found success two years later with their hit single “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).”