Lead singer of the ’70s funk band Heatwave, Keith Wilder, has died.
According to TMZ, Wilder had recently been suffering from serious health problems. His cousin and former bandmate Billy Jones confirmed that Wilder died on Sunday in his sleep.
A cousin, Billy Jones, told Dayton.com that Wilder had suffered from “health problems and had died in his sleep.”
Heatwave, with Wilder and his brother Johnnie Wilder on vocals, gave us beloved classics like “Boogie Nights,” “The Groove Line.” But none could surpass 1977’s “Always and Forever,” which has now become a Quiet Storm and wedding song staple.
Keith joined the band in the mid-70s at his Johnnie’s suggestion and stayed on until the 80s when the band disbanded.
The Roots drummer Questlove paid tribute to Keith and also celebrated Johnnie, who passed away in 2006.