Gap Band's Ronnie Wilson

Gap Band’s Ronnie Wilson Dies at 73 – Cause of Death

In a statement to TMZ, Wilson’s widow, Linda Boulware-Wilson, confirmed that he passed away peacefully at home in Oklahoma.

A founding member of legendary funk and soul group The Gap Band has died.

Ronnie Wilson passed away on Tuesday after suffering a stroke last week. He was 73.

In a statement to TMZ, Wilson’s widow, Linda Boulware-Wilson, confirmed that he died peacefully Tuesday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She shared a message of his passing, calling Wilson a “genius with creating, producing and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards, and singing music.”

Gap Band’s Ronnie Wilson Death Reason

With his brothers, Charlie and Robert, Wilson formed The Gap Band in their Tulsa hometown in the 1970s. Their funky soul sounds were reportedly inspired by bands like Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire and Sly and the Family Stone.

The #Gab #Band has lost a brother – Ronnie Wilson. Thank you for bringing the Joy, positive wibes, framed in happie funky rythems, during the 80’s where it burned the Dancefloor.

Ronnie Wilson passed away

The group chose their name after Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets in their beloved hometown in honor and remembrance of the “Black Wall Street” district, where for two days in 1921, the Tulsa race massacre occurred. There, white mobs murdered entire families and torched the neighborhood in which scores of Black businesses were finding prosperity.

Gap Band’s Ronnie Wilson Cause of death

The Gap Band had some successful singles in the late 1970s, but their biggest hits came in the early ’80s.

Their soul ballad, “Yearning for Your Love,” reached number five on the R&B chart, and they scored even bigger hits in 1982 with the release of The Gap Band IV — their sixth LP, despite its title. That album resulted in “Early in the Morning,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” and “Outstanding,” all of which remain soul music hits.

The group retired in 2010 after the death of Robert Wilson at the age of 53.

Charlie Wilson went on to record successfully as a solo artist, and as a frequent and respected collaborator with rap artists.

The Gap Band is one of the most frequently sampled bands in music, with elements of their work appearing in songs by Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and more. The group was awarded a songwriting credit on the hit Bruno Mars song “Uptown Funk” due to its similarities to their classic, “Oops Upside Your Head.”