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Anita Pointer dies at 74

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American Singer and Songwriter, Anita Pointer has died at the age of 74, her publicist has announced.

Anita Pointer, from the Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters, died surrounded by her family at her Beverley Hills home in California.

Her family said they were deeply saddened by her passing. “Heaven is a more loving beautiful place with Anita there,” they said in a statement.

The second oldest of the four sisters, Ms Pointer and her siblings rose to fame with hits including Jump (For My Love) and Fire.

With a blend of funk, soul and R&B, the group released their eponymous debut album in 1973. Yes We Can Can, a funky tune which called for unity and tolerance at a time of racial unrest in the US, became the album’s breakout hit, BBC says.

And in 1975, their hit song, Fairytale, won a Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Performance. The win remains a rarity in a category dominated by white acts.

The group almost disbanded in 1979 after Bonnie Pointer left to pursue a solo career, but the remaining sisters regrouped and went on to shed their previously retro image for a modern pop sound.

Writing by Muzha Kucha