It's still difficult to wrap our heads around the passing of singer Joni Sledge, one-fourth of the iconic family group Sister Sledge.
Various reports about the singer's passing have circulated, but The Sledge Family have released an official statement about Joni's passing.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Natasha Mudhar and Sam Harvey stated, "The medical examiner and Joni's personal physician determined on 10th March 2017, that her death was due to natural causes which arose from complications from a pre-existing condition. Please continue to respect the family’s request for peaceful privacy during this very difficult time. Thank you & God Bless You!"
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The statement went on to say that any further announcements would be made via the official Facebook page for Sister Sledge.
The Sledge Family continues, "Our Joni was a beautiful person, a phenomenal artist and producer, a brilliant business woman and a powerhouse…truly Flo’s daughter! What an incredible privilege and honor for us to have known, lived and worked with such an enormous personality! Her greatest love and joy was her son Thaddeus (whom we are all very proud of), and performing live with her family."
"In the spirit of sisterhood and in the Sister Sledge tradition, we will honor Joni Sledge, her zest for life, her strength of character, her creative talent, her powerhouse personality, and her loving memory by spreading joy through her songs and shining light and love through music. We are committed to continuing the Sister Sledge tradition of unity, family, empowerment, and sisterhood! We will continue with great honor in celebration of the beautiful life of our dear sister, Joni Sledge. Her love lives on in all of us."